David Ubben, the dedicated blogger for the Big12 at ESPN.com, can't say enough about Devonte Fields in his midseason report on the conference. And why shouldn't he? Fields is playing up to the hype that surrounded his recruitment, and that's impressive.
Ubben tabs Fields as his mid-season Defensive POY:
Defensive MVP: Devonte Fields, DE, TCU. It's a little hard to believe, but it's the truth. Fields has been the league's most productive pass-rusher so far this season and has come out of nowhere as a true freshman. He leads the league with 6.5 sacks and has 11.5 tackles for loss, two more than any other defender in the league. He's also third in the league with two forced fumbles. Ross Forrest's injury paved the way for Fields' starting spot, but he's been a huge impact player for one of the league's better defenses.
That's not enough for Ubben; he makes Fields his newcomer of the year, as well.
Newcomer of the year: Devonte Fields, DE, TCU. I mean ... obviously, right? The guy is a true freshman. Nobody has come close to doing what Fields has done so far this year among newcomers. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Arlington, Texas, native didn't have to go far from home to earn this honor. The perks of Big 12 membership.
Well played, Mr. Fields. And Mr. Ubben (but we're biased!).