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second string

The substitute players who replace the starters (or "first string") as a game goes on. A player on the second string is considered the second best player in that position. I'm only a freshman, so I'm thrilled to be second string. Just making the football team at all is exciting! Those guys need a breather—send in the second string.
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At running back, rookie Ezekiel Elliott firmly holds down the starting spot but injured second-stringer Darren McFadden may leave some hope for veteran Alfred Morris and rookie Darius Jackson.
And despite seeing six goals sail past him as a Hoops side full of kids and second-stringers were given a painful lesson by Spurs, the 31-year-old was faultless.
Harlequins 18 Newcastle 14 QUINS boss Conor O'Shea hailed his kids and second-stringers after they ground out a crucial win against lowly Newcastle to stay in the play-off hunt.
But despite being reduced to a patched-up side, Toovey's second-stringers underlined the fighting spirit within the club as they kept the Roosters scoreless in the second half to hold on for a gutsy win.
On his first play against the Giants' second-stringers, he thrust guard Chris White right into backup quarterback David Carr.
The Jets, six days after crushing the Bengals' second-stringers 37-0 at home to make the playoffs as an AFC wild card, pulled off a rare back-to-back sweep of the Bengals, who got a team playoff-record 169 yards from Cedric Benson but little else.
The all-rounder, in charge of the team this week in the absence of regular captain Andrew Strauss who no longer plays international 20-over cricket, began his brief stint as leader with a four-wicket loss to the Proteas' second-stringers in Bloemfontein.
The match winners relied heavily on the poise of their top players Hassan Al Sayyad, Jassim Al Salatna, Mohsin Ali, Ahmed Mansoor, Hussain Makki and Ali Makki, as well as their consistent second-stringers Hassan Radi, Sadeq Habib and Mahdi Saad.
Also out were the Glamorgan Wanderers' second-stringers as they have an important Canterbury League match at home to Richmond 2nds.
I'm working with second-stringers at the moment and anyone would want to work with players at that international level.
Liverpool have made no secret of their interest in Milner, but United were not impressed when Rafael Benitez dangled three Anfield second-stringers, midfielder Danny Guthrie and defenders Jack Hobbs and Argentinian Emiliano Insua, in front of them.
Other coaches would argue that preserving the shutout is too important to leave the closing minutes of a game to second-stringers.
Then came that unawarded penalty that would surely have clinched victory for Lewington's second-stringers.
The speakers' list was an odd mixture of anti-feminists, Religious Right second-stringers and wives of minor GOP presidential candidates who left the race long ago.
Standing in a corner of the school's dingy gym, the coach sees the second-stringers, playing on offense, continually beat his starters for easy layups and dunks.