Two-year starter named First Team All-ACC after making 45 tackles (nine for loss) with six sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. Earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors as a junior, posting 64 tackles, leading the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss and ranking fourth in the ACC with 11 sacks. Junior college transfer who attended Trinity Valley Community College after getting kicked out of LSU due to a domestic violence arrest. Had 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a freshman with the Horned Frogs and was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
One-time highly rated pass rusher coming off a disappointing campaign. Fluid, agile and athletic. Effective out of a three-point stance or standing over tackle, easily changes direction and loses little momentum altering his angle of attack. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, is forceful up the field and can bend off the edge. Explodes off the snap, plays with consistent knee bend and is rarely off his feet. Agile and nicely redirects to the action.
Seemingly played back on his heels last year and disappeared for stretches. Lacks bulk and strength at the point and is easily controlled by a single blocker. Primarily asked to make plays up the field and has limited experience in space. Average instincts and slow to react.
Fields made a huge splash as a freshman at TCU before injuries and off-field issues derailed his career. He’s a tall, athletic prospect who previously disrupted the action on a consistent basis but must get stronger, improve his focus and prove he’s matured off the field.