Devonte Fields Looks to Improve TCU Horned Frogs’ Defense

Devonte Fields

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Devonte Fields could easily end up as one of the best defensive lineman in the nation this year and, right now, he’s already one of the most underrated. As the newest members of the Big 12, the TCU Horned Frogs will be receiving the ‘new kid’ treatment for the second straight season — and that’s okay with them.

TCU is considered as one of the top contenders in the unusually-weak Big 12 and with a real shot to win the conference title, it will need to rely heavily on its superstar defensive end.

As a freshman in 2011, not too many people knew exactly what to expect. He was widely considered as one of the best incoming defensive ends in the country out of high school and the four-star prospect was very fast for his position.

Everyone talks about South Carolina‘s Jadeveon Clowney and the speed he brings to the table as a defensive end, but Fields ran with 4.6-speed coming out of high school and I can only think he’s gotten even faster while putting on more muscle. Standing 6-foo-4 and 240 pounds, he’s got a tall, cut frame that strikes fear into the eyes of offensive linemen. I’m sure his speed scares the oversized offensive linemen more than his size because his frame is not too common.

Fields had a bit of a slow start to his freshman campaign in 2012, recording just two tackles and 1.5 sacks on his way to the labeling of ‘bust’ — although it wasn’t exactly the biggest sample size. He went on to finish the season with 49 tackles, 10 sacks, an interception and four pass break-ups.

This guy can be an absolute beast this season with an entire year of experience as a starter under his belt.

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