TCU notes: Defensive star Devonte Fields out for rest of 2013 season

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TCU defensive end Devonte Fields will have surgery on his injured foot and miss the rest of the 2013 season.

The former Arlington Martin High School star, who earned freshman All-American honors and was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2012, has missed much of the Horned Frogs’ five games this season. He did not play in the opener against LSU and played only one quarter against Southeastern Louisiana while serving part of a two-game suspension for breaking unspecified team rules in May.

He started TCU’s third game at Texas Tech but suffered a Jones fracture early in the fourth quarter. He did not play Sept. 28 against SMU and played only a few snaps against Oklahoma.

“He was great with it,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “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.”

Patterson said if Fields had played any more this season he wouldn’t be eligible for a medical redshirt. Fields’ injury is the same as the one defensive end Stansly Maponga suffered a year ago. Patterson said both injuries happened on turf fields — Maponga’s at Baylor and Fields’ at Tech.

“They turn that corner on turf and there’s so much pressure on it,” Patterson said. “The guy deserves to get back full speed where he can play. He just can’t play hard.”

Fields will have surgery to have a screw inserted in the bone.

Just a country boy

Defensive tackle Chucky Hunter has known defensive end Terrell Lathan since junior high. They both played at West Monroe High School in Louisiana (along with James McFarland).

Lathan made his first start against Oklahoma with Devonte Fields and Matt Anderson nursing injuries. Lathan finished with two sacks. He has three this season and five tackles for loss.

“He’s a country boy,” Hunter said of Lathan, who is 6-foot-5, 280 pounds and runs about a 4.5. “He’s been that big since he was in eighth grade. He’s a freak of nature.”

Hunter thinks Lathan will be the best defensive end TCU has ever seen. Lathan broke Hunter’s power clean record in high school by doing 17 reps of 250 pounds.

“I knew when he first got here he was going to be awesome,” Hunter said. “He’ll be the best end we ever saw.”

Quotable

“I’m seeing where I’m not a very good coach anymore. It’s OK. I’ve about been fired three times in my 13 years as the head coach here. The key is to keep growing, keep developing. It’s about the long road, it’s not about the short road. The short road is Kansas. The long road is a Big 12 championship some day down the road, whether it’s this year or after. That’s what we’re trying to get accomplished.” — TCU coach Gary Patterson on his team’s 2-3 start

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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