Definition of touchback
: a situation in football in which the ball is down behind the goal line after a kick or intercepted forward pass after which it is put in play by the team defending the goal on its own 20-yard line — compare safety
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Of his 72 kickoff attempts in 2016, 57 resulted in touchbacks, resulting in the nation's second-best touchback percentage at 79.17 percent.
De La Haye kicked off 73 times for 4,441 yards, averaging 60.8 yards per kick, and totaled 37 touchbacks.
The junior is the kickoff specialist for the Knights, with 73 kicks for 4,441 yards, averaging 60.8 yards per kick with 37 touchbacks.
Canady also probably made the special teams play of the day, sprawling out to make sure a punt didn’t land in the end zone for a touchback.
However, Tennessee defensive back Malik Foreman managed to run Williams down at the two yard line and strip the ball, which went through the back of the end zone for a touchback.
Butker, the first kicker ever drafted by the Panthers, connected on 88.2 percent of his field goals last season and sent 54 of his 73 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
Another topic the committee addressed was the rule change last season that brought touchbacks out to the 25-yard line instead of the 20 as in college football.
Carlson has also pounded 53 of 63 kickoffs for touchbacks, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision (84.1 percent).
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American football : a situation in which the ball is put out of play behind the goal line after a kick or interception
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