TCU coach Gary Patterson has suspended star pass rusher Devonte Fields for the first two games of the 2013 season, per College Football News.
TCU star defensive end Devonte Fields has been suspended for the first two games for “violation of university and team policy.”
— CollegeFootballNews (@ColFootballNews) May 15, 2013
Fields, at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, proved to be arguably the most disruptive freshman defensive lineman in the nation in 2012. In fact, with 10.0 sacks and 18.5 tackles for a loss, he was named the Big 12’s Freshman of the Year and an All-Big 12 First Teamer. However, while he had been personally looking forward to improving upon those totals, he will have two less games to attempt to do so.
To make matters far worse, his TCU squad is looking forward to announcing their presence on the national stage in their season opener against SEC powerhouse LSU.
The Tigers always have a strong running game, but quarterback Zach Mettenberger was seen as the offense’s weak link in his first year after transferring to Baton Rouge from junior college. He may have improved — even substantially — but now we’ll never know the type of havoc Fields could have wreaked on Mettenberger.
Thus, while the Horned Frogs begin their push to the top of the Big 12, they do so with their top defensive player in street clothes.
Fields can’t be Patterson’s favorite guy in the world right now.