TCU will have one less player to start the 2013 college football season as news broke on Wednesday morning that defensive star, Devonte Fields, has been suspended for the first two games.
This isn’t a good luck for the Horned Frogs as they were preparing to open the season against LSU at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The defensive end brought home the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award last season as a true freshman. There has been no word from head coach Gary Patterson on the matter yet, but College Football Talk seems to be one of the first to break the story.
Fields was supposedly suspended for violation of university and team policy and will not only miss the highly anticipated game against the Tigers, but he will miss the match-up against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions the following week as well.
Patterson is no stranger to losing a big-time impact player before season starts. Last season he lost stud quarterback Casey Pachall right after the 2012 season began due to a DUI which resulted in an arrest. After successfully competing rehab, Pachall is now back on the team for 2013.
Fields’ suspension will really put a dent in the Frogs’ defensive plan against the Tigers. He would have been one of the biggest lines of defense against the run-happy LSU offense. The Frogs were looking to start their second season in the Big 12 off with a bang by taking down a big opponent like the Tigers to kick-off their season.
That’s not saying the Frogs still can’t accomplish that, but missing a player like Fields is really going to hurt.