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Only DaMarcus Fields days until Texas Tech football

The sophomore defensive back looks to build on a promising debut season

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most memorable plays from last season’s Red Raider defense came when DaMarcus Fields picked off Mason Rudolph and proceeded to run 95 yards for a pick 6 touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. Fields brought the energy to the blacked out stadium after what had been a lackluster start, and provided viewers on Fox another classic Gus Johnson call.

Fields is a 6’0, 185-pound defensive back from Taylor, Texas. Coming out of Taylor high school Fields was a three star corner back. He redshirted his freshman season, and came into last year having to battle multiple young corners for playing time.

Last season, Fields started the final 11 games of the season, totaling 51 tackles, eight pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and the aforementioned interception return for a touchdown against Oklahoma State. Fields won Big 12 newcomer of the week after his effort against Oklahoma State. His quickness combined with his relative height allowed him to become a corner that thrived in David Gibbs’ system last year.

Fields has reportedly spent a good portion of his reps through the spring and first week of fall camp at safety. It is possible that he plays a corner-safety hybrid role similar to what Tevin Madison and more recently Justus Parker have done. Either way, look for Fields to have a major impact in the secondary this season. His experience and versatility makes him a key player, as Tech could need him to play multiple roles throughout the season due to circumstances.