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{{unreferenced|date=September 2019 In American football, a back is a player who plays off of the line of scrimmage (as opposed to a lineman). Historically, the term "back" was used to describe multiple positions on offense and defense, although more descriptive and specific position naming is now common. Thus, "back" can refer to positions including: *Cornerback, a member of the defensive team that primary defends wide receivers *Defensive back, a member of the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage *Dimeback, a cornerback or safety who serves as the sixth defensive back *Fullback, one of the two running back positions, along with the halfback *Halfback, one of the two running back positions, along with the fullback *H-back, an offensive position that lines up similarly to a tight end, but is set back from the line of scrimmage *Linebacker, a member of the defensive team that is positioned approximately three to five yards behind the line of scrimmage *Nickleback, a cornerback or safety who serves as the additional defensive back in a nickel defense *Quarterback, a member of the offensive team that lines up directly behind the offensive line and receives the snap of the ball at the beginning of a play *Running back, a member of the offensive backfield whose primary role is to receive handoffs from the quarterback to run with the ball *Singleback, an offensive formation that only requires one running back *Slotback, a wide receiver on the offensive team that is positioned in the "slot" (located between the last offensive lineman/tight end and the next wide receiver) *Upback, a blocker who lines up behind the line of scrimmage in punting situations *Wingback, a position in the single wing formation, usually a running back

See also

*History of American football positions *Tailback (disambiguation) Category:Broad-concept articles Category:American football positions