TCU Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson announced Wednesday that defensive star Devonte Fields, the Big 12‘s reigning defensive player of the year as voted by the Associated Press, will not play the rest of the 2013 season. Fields will undergo surgery on his injured foot and will seek a medical redshirt.
Though obviously disappointed in losing his best defensive player for the year, Patterson tried to look on the bright side:
It’s hard for him because he’s frustrated because he hasn’t played to the level he can because of his foot and everything else going on. I think it’s a win-win situation for us. It gives him three years left to play and allows him to get older and stronger and get that foot fixed right (Fort Worth Star Telegram).
Fields had a remarkable season as a freshman in 2012, leading the team with 18.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and recovered another.
We wish Fields the best in his recovery.
[Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram]