Former TCU defensive end Devonte Fields was recently given the all-clear by Louisville and will play for them this season, but one school was ready to pounce in case he was not. A source told ESPN’s Max Olson that if Fields was not admitted to Louisville for any reason, Alabama would have been interested.
This isn’t a shock at all, considering the type of player Fields is. At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, he is a strong pass rusher that the SEC’s hard-hitting defenses are known for. In two seasons with the Horned Frogs, he 57 tackles, 20.5 of which were for a loss, plus 10 sacks and an interception to go with two forced fumbles. Given how the Crimson Tide ranked 41st in sacks in 2014, 20th in total defense and 82nd in passing defense, having a player with Fields’ skillset would have been ideal so that the team could improve in those very departments.
But the fact remains that Fields has been academically cleared by Louisville and will be playing for the Cardinals for the foreseeable future, so Alabama will just have to roll with what it has on its roster at this point.
Fields will likely make his Louisville debut in the team’s season opener on September 5, when the Cardinals travel to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome to face Auburn.
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