from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Football The players stationed behind the line of scrimmage.
- n. Football The positions filled by these players.
- n. Football The area in which these players line up.
- n. Sports The primarily defensive players on a soccer, field hockey, or Rugby team.
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- n. The area of play behind either the offensive or defensive line.
- n. The players positioned in this area.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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.