from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The players stationed some distance behind the line of scrimmage.
- noun The positions filled by these players.
- noun The area in which these players are positioned.
- noun Sports The primarily defensive players on a soccer, field hockey, or Rugby team.
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- noun soccer The area of play behind either the
- noun The players positioned in this area.
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- noun the offensive football players who line up behind the linemen
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The backfield is big enough for Portis and Torain, Portis said.
The backfield is one of the best in the conference, with Eugene Jarvis, Dri Archer, Andre Flowers and Jacquise Terry.
Notes: If patchwork line can block, offense (with Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall in backfield) could be really scary.
No. 22: Woodson set new standard in backfield - USATODAY. com
No. 21 TCU (11-2): Defensive backfield is strongest unit in Horned Frogs 'recruiting class.
Sports Weekly: Lots of strength shown in backfield crop
(AP) - Virginia Tech's new starting backfield is off to a good start.
Has the speed to beat his man around the corner and when the lineman overcompensates to the outside, he shows that swim move needed to break into the backfield from the inside ...
Meggett fell down in backfield, then 10 run left (L. Smith, Kelso).
Theismann pass deflected at line and almost intercepted in backfield (Bokamper), incomplete.