For his efforts, Fields was selected by the Associated Press as the Big 12 defensive player of the year. He was also named freshman defensive player of the year by Fox Sports NEXT.
On Thursday, the Frogs returned to practice for the first time this week and for the first time this season, Fields spoke with the media following the hour-long workout.
Talk about the season you had, did you think it was good enough to get defensive player of the year award?
"I guess so, but I couldn't do it without the coaches and all the hard work I put in. All the plays the coaches call, I had to do them right."
In August did you expect to come in and start?
Did you feel like after Ross (Forrest) got hurt that you were ready or you had to learn while starting?
"Ross has been helping me out since the summer time and him being there coaching me every play helped get me used to it and I thank Ross for that."
At what point in the season did you think I can do this?
"Since the beginning because I had Ross coaching me and given my confidence and my coaches and teammates being there for me."
How big of a deal was it to have Stansly on the other end?
"That's a real big deal. Stansly helps me out a lot. Everybody on the defense plays hard and for each other."
How much pride does the class of 2012 have with how well you guys as freshmen have done this season?
"We have a lot of pride. Ever since we got here we just said we were going to work hard and keep working hard until we leave. Our freshman class has been working hard, along with the rest of the team."
How do you guys think you handled the Big 12 in your first season? "I think we handled it pretty well with the things we've been through. We kept our heads up and kept working hard every day."
Looking back at the season, what was your favorite play that you made personally?
"I think it would be the Texas Tech game when the coach called a blitz play and I got the sack and I almost knocked his helmet off."