88 A PRIMER OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
push, he is bound to gain ground. Upon
runs around the end, a back should re¬
member to look where he is going, and not
run into a lot of piled-up interferers, but
use his interferers intelligently.
When tackled, a half - back must not
be thrown backward. He should do his
best to fall forward. He should keep the
ball under him, and not place it out in
front of him, only to lose all that he has
gained and the ball besides, by having it
stolen from him. That leads us to speak
of that other disgusting and careless habit
of backs — fumbling and dropping the
ball. Nothing demoralizes a rush line
more than that habit.
Another thing that the back should be
exceedingly careful about, and that is run¬
ning backward towards his own goal. In
that case, he is simply a player for the
other side. If a back does not gain any¬
thing, the least that can be expected of
him is not to lose anything.