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(American Football) US a running back or offensive position in American football requiring quick running and skilful ball-carrying



a fast, agile football running back.
[1945–50; Amer.]
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The Tigers have a couple of big-play threats in kickoff returners Demond Washington, a starting cornerback, and Onterio McCalebb, a scatback who will also be featured on offense.
His argument for Johnson was not only that the North Little Rock scatback did amazing feats despite his diminutive size, but that he did them in the toughest classification in the state, 7A.
Because he's small in stature and is as fast a player as the Ducks have, he's cast as a scatback who likes to bounce outside and make yards in open space.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who in an interview with the Dallas Morning News was attempting to point out that former Razorback Felix Jones (5-10, 207) shouldn't be considered a scatback.
That's been possible thanks to the rapid progress of second-year receiver Brandon Tate and rookie tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and the sudden emergence of scatback Danny Woodhead.
James, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound scatback from Texarkana, Texas, consistently drew raves throughout last fall.
And just as Hernandez has come into his own, he is joined in the backfield by former Oakmont Regional scatback John Griffin, on board for his senior season after Northeastern University dropped football.