line·man | \ˈlīn-mən \

Definition of lineman 

1 : one who sets up or repairs electric wire communication or power lines

called also linesman

2 : a player in the forward line of a team specifically : a football player in the line

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Pollack has been impressed by Ogbuehi’s physical ability during the offseason program and felt the lineman bought into the new scheme and techniques. Jim Owczarski,, "Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: Cedric Ogbuehi’s confident at right tackle; Kroft talks contract," 8 July 2018 Two South Jersey players plant to visit Temple this week: St. Joe Hammonton lineman Wisdom Quarshie and Moorestown linebacker Josh Pearcy. Marc Narducci,, "Temple football receives commitment from Egg Harbor Township's Yvandy Rigby," 16 June 2018 Couch becomes the third Chaminade 2019 prospect committed to the Hurricanes, joining defensive end Cameron Williams and safety Keontra Smith, and fourth overall with lineman Willie Moise committed for the 2020 cycle. David Furones,, "Te'Cory Couch wants Miami commitment to be his last, likes Chaminade-to-UM pipeline developing," 16 June 2018 Noah Fant, Iowa There’s some debate over which quarterback, wide receivers and offensive linemen make your random preseason All-America list. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best tight ends in college football," 13 July 2018 Preston Brown will help the defense at linebacker but the Bengals will again be relying on linemen Geno Atkins (46 tackles, 9 sacks) and Carlos Dunlap (46 tackles, 7.5 sacks) and Michael Johnson (49 tackles, 5.0 sacks). Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Colts vs. Bengals," 8 July 2018 Simple or not, though, Michigan has to find five offensive linemen who can keep quarterbacks out of the hospital and on the football field. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Despite changes, Michigan football faces familiar questions on offense," 6 July 2018 Noah Nelson, Williams Field, 6-7, 295, Jr. The 2020 class is deep with offensive linemen in Arizona and Nelson is one of the best. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Trench work: Top 10 Arizona high school football offensive linemen in 2018," 2 July 2018 Offensive linemen Andrew Mike tweeted his intentions to transfer to Rice in early June. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Rice football adds three transfers," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of lineman

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lineman

American football : a player whose position is on the line of scrimmage

: a person whose job is to set up and repair power lines or telephone lines

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