Definition of halfback
1 : one of the backs stationed near either flank in football
2 : a player stationed immediately behind the forward line (as in field hockey, soccer, or rugby)
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Woods played for the Midshipmen as a halfback in 1941, left the academy the following year, and joined Army on the 1942 and 1943 teams.
Growing up in Allegheny County, Laura Ditka loved football because of her uncle, a Hall of Fame tight end for the Bears, but mostly because of her father, a standout halfback at Bucknell.
Pre-SEC: None TEXAS A&M Players SEC: None Pre-SEC: Joe Utay, halfback, 1905-07.
Elected 2004 Pre-SEC: Jimmy Hitchcock, halfback, 1930-1932.
The Lions also got a 30-yard Austin Mathis halfback pass that Kenny Ames punctuated with a one-arm grab.
Samaje Perine, Redskins Perine will be Washington’s starting halfback by midseason, if not earlier.
Blanton also grew as a blocker, a skill set that should continue to develop entering his junior season next fall, and was athletic enough to work as a halfback, in line or from the slot.
Horn, who won a varsity letter as a discus thrower on the track and field team as a junior, earned the starting role as a halfback on the varsity squad as a senior.
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First Known Use of halfback
HALFBACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of halfback for English Language Learners
American football : a player on offense who lines up next to the fullback and who runs with the ball and blocks
: a defensive player in games like soccer and field hockey who is positioned in front of the fullback
HALFBACK Defined for Kids
Definition of halfback for Students
1 : a football player who runs with the ball and blocks
2 : a player positioned behind the forward line in some games (as soccer)
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