Big 12 notes: Suspended TCU DE Devonte Fields will be suited up, on sidelines Saturday

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TCU defensive end Devonte Fields will be suited up and on the sidelines for TCU’s season opener against LSU on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.

But will he play?

The sophomore from Arlington Martin High School was suspended for the first two games after violating unspecified team rules in the spring. But on the Frogs’ updated depth chart, released Monday afternoon, Fields is listed with Matt Anderson as an OR at right defensive end. Coaches often use OR to indicate that the starter is undecided and either player listed could start.

TCU coach Gary Patterson declined to say whether Fields’ suspension had been lifted.

Patterson said early in August camp that he doubted Fields would be available for the opener, which is at 8 p.m.

Anderson has been working with the first team and is the likely starter. Former Aledo High walk-on Jon Koontz is slated to start at left defensive end, replacing former all-conference player Stansly Maponga.

“You’re a good secondary because you have a good pass rush,” Patterson said during Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference. “The key is the pass rush and obviously not having a Stansly Maponga playing in a ballgame like this and what’s that going to be. I don’t think we’re going to find that out until we play Saturday night. I think it’ll be a good indication.”

Marcus Mallet and Jonathan Anderson are listed as the starters at linebacker. Anderson moved from safety in the spring. He and Paul Dawson are likely to split time at the position. Patterson declined to name his two starters.

“I have three of them so it will be two out of the three,” Patterson said.

QB co-captains

TCU’s starting quarterback won’t be known until the Frogs’ offense takes the field for the first time.

The pregame coin toss won’t even offer a clue because Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin will represent the TCU offense as captains. Gary Patterson said both will play.

Tech QB out

Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer has a stress fracture of a vertebra and likely will miss several weeks, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury

declined to name freshmen Davis Webb or Baker Mayfield the starter for Friday’s opener at SMU. Mayfield is a walk-on from Lake Travis High School, the same school Brewer attended. Webb played at Prosper.

“We have a pretty good idea pregame of what we want to do scenario-wise,” he said. “But if they both earn the right to play then we’ll play them. We’re not opposed to playing two guys if we think that’s the best way to win the game.”

Petty’s identity

Baylor coach Art Briles admits quarterback Bryce Petty is an “unknown” quantity.

Briles has high expectations, which include Petty rewriting the records set by Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence the past two seasons. Briles said he has talked often to the junior from Midlothian High about creating an identity on the field.

“What are people going to say about you after you play? After you’ve had a game? How are they going to identify you?” Briles said. “Hopefully, everything will turn out where everybody is saying good things about him.”

Snyder picks QB

Quarterback Jake Waters will start for Kansas State, coach Bill Snyder said.

He beat out sophomore Daniel Sams. Snyder said both quarterbacks will play Friday against North Dakota State.

“Jake just displayed more consistency in all the areas we talked about — managing the offense, being able to provide the kind of leadership we want as well as the actual physical aspect of it,” Snyder said.

“He invested himself and he truly worked at it extremely hard and did above and beyond what he was asked for. He invested a lot of his time and showed a degree of consistency that helped him and helped us.”

Sams missed some practice, Snyder said, which slowed him down. Snyder didn’t say why Sams missed practice.

Waters threw for 3,501 yards and 39 touchdowns (and just three interceptions) for Iowa Western Community College while leading the team to a national title.

Two for WVU

West Virginia’s quarterback battle is down to two: Clint Trickett and Paul Millard.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said he’s thankful he has three more practices to decide on a starter before the season opener against William & Mary.

Trickett transferred from Florida State in May. Millard has been at WVU since graduating from Flower Mound High School in 2011.

“Paul knows the offense better. He’s a little bit more comfortable with the communication,” Holgorsen said. “Clint is seasoned. He has more game experience and really good leadership skills. Ultimately, it’s about the guy who’s not going to make the mistakes.”

Holgorsen said it’s possible both quarterbacks could be used throughout the season.

“It might take some game experience to figure out which is the guy,” he said. “It may be a situation where they complement each [the entire season].”

OU lineman suspended

Oklahoma offensive lineman Jacob Reed was suspended and charged with burglary and assault after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and hitting her over the weekend.

Court records indicate that the charges against Reed were filed Monday in Cleveland County District Court. School spokesman Pete Moris said Reed was suspended indefinitely while the matter is pending.


• Kansas State teams have won 20 consecutive season openers under Snyder.

• West Virginia linebacker Shaq Petteway will miss the season with a torn ACL. He had 42 tackles in 2012.

• Baylor running back Glasco Martin (ankle) is likely to see limited play on Saturday.


“This team, up to this point, hasn’t done anything. We’ll judge where it falls in those categories in January.” — Baylor coach Art Briles on how this Bears team compares to others

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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