Devonte Fields making 'impact' at Louisville

Former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields is not only on the roster at the University of Louisville but is looking like he'll make a major impact. Fields arrived at Louisville just two days before fall camp and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he has made "big strides" in the first few weeks.

One of the X factors for the University of Louisville defense this season has been the play of Devonte Fields.

Would Fields live up to the hype that led him to being names Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year three years ago when he was at TCU or would he come in and just be another role player on a defense loaded with talent?

It sounds like Fields is going to be a major impact.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Fields was on the field for 60 plays in last weekends scrimmage for Louisville and reports from that scrimmage were the at times Fields was a dominating force.

"He's fast off the edge and he knows what he's doing when he comes off the ball," linebacker Keith Brown said. "He's going to make a big impact for us, a very big impact."

U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has been careful not to put too much pressure on Fields in the media. He only arrived on campus two days before fall camp started.

"He's done a great job for us," Grantham said. "He's attentive in meetings and is a guy when he first came here he needed work to get in shape but he had 60 plays in the scrimmage the other day. I saw the guy get better as the scrimmage went along.

"He's a little bit unique in the sense that he can play and recover pretty quickly. He's really an instinctive player who understands our defense for the most part. He still has to work at it but for the most part he understands the concepts and what to do. I'm certainly glad he's here and we're going to do everything we can to put him in a place to make plays."

Fields, ranked as the No. 2 junior-college prospect in the country by Scout.com in the Class of 2015, is originally from Fort Worth, Tx., and was an Under Armour All-American coming out of Arlington Martin High School. He picked TUC over Oklahoma, Michigan and Tennessee.

As a freshman at TCU, Fields was selected as the AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He was voted by conference coaches as the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and landed on both of the first teams for All-Big 12 and AP All-Big 12 and was a consensus Freshman All-American and named the Defensive Freshman of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com.

Fields started all 13 games and finished with 53 tackles, including 34 solo tackles, and led the team with 18.5 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. He was limited to three games because of injury in 2013. And after some setbacks off of the field, Fields and the Horned Frogs parted ways. He wanted to attends Stephen F. Austin - an FCS school - and then enter the NFL Draft but that was blocked by TCU.

In his one season at Trinity Valley Community College, Fields was credited with 61 tackles, 6.5 sacks, six tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven tipped passes.


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