Immediately upon making his decision to sign with Louisville, the expectations for devensive end Devonte Fields skyrocketed. The junior's resume included earning the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year at TCU as a true freshman. His 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame, coupled with his quickness, appeared perfect for U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's scheme.
Arriving on campus just prior to the start of spring practice, Fields wasn't prepared for the demanding rigors of an elite FBS program and struggled with consistency during the early stages of camp. The rust continued to show as the team began the season, but he quietly improved with each passing week. He had possibly his best outing the season in the 38-31 win against Virginia on Saturday, registering five tackles, including one sack and 3.5 tackles for a loss.
He was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against the Cavaliers.
"It took him a while to get in shape," said U of L head coach Bobby Petrino. "That’s one of the things that you really understand that the winter conditioning, spring football, all summer conditioning really is different when you’re in a organized group than when you’re saying, ‘Yeah, I’m working out, coach. I’m working out.’
Fields currently leads the Cardinals with 12.5 tackles for a loss, which also ranks among the Top 40 nationally and seventh in ACC.