ballhawk

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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The 6-foot-3 Hickey was described by Archibald as a "tall ballhawk".
"He's a ballhawk with good instincts for the game," McShay said.
Ward, Avery Patterson provides the cover skills of a converted cornerback, and Erick Dargan is a ballhawk in the backfield.
Fremd is all about defense and Ganas was a ballhawk. He was a fierce defender, with 52 steals on the season.
So finding another ballhawk or two in the draft or on the current roster (Shawn Crable?) would seem to be a priority.
Tomlinson was limited to 43 yards on 18 carries as the Patriots displayed a ballhawk mentality that has been missing for much of the last two seasons.
Free safety John Boyett remains Oregon's "ballhawk," Pleasant said, "but I'm working on my overall game, and it should be better this year."
Boyett has been a ballhawk at certain times, such as on his interception at Arizona State.
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.
"He's thrived under Vic," he said of Jackson, one of the Bears' few great ballhawks since Carrier was in Chicago.
Linebacker Devin Petersen is a savvy veteran and the secondary is loaded with ballhawks.