FB Forecast: CB Bryon Fields

Junior cornerback is part of one of the top secondaries in the ACC, but will an injury suffered in the preseason bump him from the starting lineup as the 2015 season inches closer? We address that and more in our continued player by player preview of the Duke Blue Devils.

Bryon Fields

Position:
CB

Height/Weight:
5-foot-11 / 180 pounds

High School:
Charlotte (NC) / Providence Day

Year:
Junior

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2014 Review
After appearing in all 14 games as a freshman, Fields took over the starting role at cornerback in 2014 and held onto the job throughout the 13 game slate, appearing for 1,052 snaps. Fields was also productive, recording 112 tackles, 1 interceptions, and eight pass breakups.

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2015 Preview
As with most of his defensive backs, head coach David Cutcliffe has been extremely complimentary of Fields this offseason, noting the entire position group - led by the starters - are the most athletic group he’s had at Duke. In short the tools are there for the defensive backs to evolve from stopping plays and begin making more plays…as in upping the total number of interceptions as a unit after recording just 11 last year.

Update: Fields is sidelined with an undisclosed injury and will miss a portion of the preseason camp.

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TDD Projection
Fields made a number of pass breakups a season ago, but recorded just one interception. He’ll also have plenty of competition from his backup, sophomore Alonzo Saxton. It would be very interesting to see if Fields can up his interception total without taking the kind of chances that can turn routine plays into big chances for the opposition.

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How he ended up in Durham
Fields picked Duke over interest from Kentucky, North Carolina, Purdue, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. He had offers from Army, Navy, and Air Force. He was a late addition to the class of 2013, after earning interest despite playing in a relatively small, private school league.

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High School Highlights
Four year letterman at Providence Day under coach Bruce Hardin ... helped Providence Day to a four-year record of 29-18 with three state playoff berths including the 2011 NCISAA Division I state championship ... two-time first team all-state selection by the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association ... two-time All-Mecklenburg pick by the Charlotte Observer ... as a senior, posted 67 tackles and four INTs, returned two punts for TDs, caught 49 passes for 851 yards and six TDs and rushed 44 times for 400 yards and four TDs [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]

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