Former Texas Christian Horned Frog and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Devonte Fields is getting another chance with Louisville after being dismissed from TCU, and Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino isn’t going to let him stray off the correct path.
Speaking in an appearance on ESPN, Petrino made it clear just what he expected of Fields.
“We’ve established that he’s going to have to do everything right when he’s on campus with us,” Petrino said during an appearance Monday at ESPN. “We have some standards that are set for him, and he’s going to have to abide by those standards.”
“We’re privy to all the information,” Petrino said. “We understand all the information that was out there. Knowing that, we believe we did the right thing in giving him a second chance.”
Fields was dismissed from TCU last summer after being charged with “misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury” after his then-girlfriend accused him of punching her in the face and pointing a gun at her. He had 53 tackles (18.5 for a loss) and 10 sacks with two forced fumbles in 2012, but was limited to three games in 2013 due to a foot injury. He spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas.
Thus, though he is talented, it’s not at all surprising that Petrino hold him to stricter standards now that he is at Louisville. He is obviously sending the message that playing football for him is a privilege, not a right, and that Fields will have to keep himself out of trouble if he’s going to be a Cardinal.
Louisville opens the season against Auburn on September 5, playing at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports