Former Texas Christian defensive end DeVonte Fields has been academically cleared to play at Louisville. Fields’ mother reported the good news to Max Olson of ESPN. He will subsequently enroll on August 4.
A former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Fields was dismissed from TCU after being charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly hit an ex-girlfriend. The charge was dropped after Fields completed anger management and he spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas. In two years with TCU, he had 57 tackles (20.5 for a loss), 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and even an interception.
Fields is now set to join a Louisville team that ranked sixth in total defense, but 31st in passing defense. Given Fields’ size at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, that area of the Cardinals’ defense is almost certainly going to improve.
Louisville opens the season on the road against Auburn, in a game set to be played at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
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