ballhawk

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ballhawk

(ˈbɔːlˌhɔːk)
n
(Ball Games, other than specified) a sportsman who is skilled at winning possession of the ball, esp in basketball
vb
1. (Ball Games, other than specified) (intr) to act as a ballhawk
2. (Ball Games, other than specified) (tr) to take possession of (the ball)
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Linebacker Devin Petersen is a savvy veteran and the secondary is loaded with ballhawks.
Due to its small size (even after bleacher expansion), batted balls regularly leave the physical confines of the field, and so 81 days a year, the ballhawks lurk on Waveland and Sheffield to snag batting practice and game home runs.
It also seems feasible that the first turnover will come via an interception, given that both quarterbacks will be under pressure from the word go and both defences contain plenty of ballhawks.
The linebackers read well and flow well, and we've got a couple ballhawks in the secondary.