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August 6, 2014

TCU defensive end Devonte Fields will transfer to Stephen F. Austin

The preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year announced on Twitter he is “anxious to start a new chapter of life.”

TCU defensive end Devonte Fields confirmed Wednesday that he intends to transfer to Stephen F. Austin University.

“It’s true,” Fields replied in a text message shortly after his Twitter account hinted as much.

From his private Twitter account, @Yaboiphilly95, Fields tweeted: “Just wanted to say thanks to TCU for the opportunity! Anxious to start a new chapter of life at SFA!! #Stillreppinpurple! #Blessed #Newstart.”

Shortly after the message, Fields changed his Twitter bio to say “From TCU to SFA, just trying to achieve my goal in life.”

The preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year, Fields had been “separated” from TCU following his role in an alleged domestic disturbance last month. Fields met with school officials Tuesday regarding the incident and his future.

TCU coach Gary Patterson was asked at practice earlier Wednesday if he had any updates on the Fields’ situation, to which he replied, “not for me to talk about.”

Patterson did say that he spoke with Fields’ uncle and mother Tuesday night, but did not comment on the nature of the conversation.

Whirlwind fall camp

The first two weeks of fall camp is a grind for the TCU football team.

Each day is a new lesson with a new coverage or a new set of routes, ingested and executed before turning around to do the same with new information the next day.

By Day 3, it becomes an interconnected stream of consciousness to coach Gary Patterson.

“These first two weeks, every day is like a month,” he said.

The lone difference in Wednesday’s routine was the addition of shoulder pads for the first time since fall camp opened, and Patterson was pleased with the overall physicality.

Patterson gushed over the work his team did in middle rushing drills, matching the defensive front against the offensive line and backfield.

“I thought our middle drill was the best it’s been in two years in the first run, to be honest with you,” Patterson said.

Under some of the first real heat of fall practice, Patterson said that kind of work induced some cramping, which he said was a sign of those players who were working really hard.

Among those Patterson listed were senior cornerback Kevin White and senior linebacker Marcus Mallet.

“I’d say it was a good practice,” Patterson said. “You’ve got guys that are cramping up a little bit and playing hard.”

New offensive line

Just as Patterson expected in his opening press conference Sunday, TCU’s top offensive line featured several new faces.

With warmer conditions Wednesday, senior tackle Tayo Fabuluje participated in a few less reps, Patterson said, opening the door for redshirt freshman Joseph Noteboom to take snaps at left tackle.

He was joined on the line by junior guard Frank Kee, junior tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai and redshirt freshman guard Matt Pryor, all of whom have limited or no starting experience.

Added depth

For the first time in a few seasons, Patterson had trouble spotting standout players through three days of camp because of the limited reps all players are receiving thanks to depth at every position.

“There’s a lot of depth everywhere,” Patterson said. “Nobody is getting a lot, a lot of reps because we’ve got so many guys we’re rotating through until we get good on good.”

It’s especially evident at the running back position, in which all five backs have practiced well so far.

“They’re all getting reps,” he said. “It’s hard to really tell because they’re all rotating and there’s five of them.”

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