Dallas Colleges: Devante Fields

Big 12 media days live: Day 2

July, 22, 2014
Jul 22
The Big 12 media days continue on Tuesday in Dallas, as Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and new Texas coach Charlie Strong each take the stage. Keep this page open throughout the day's proceedings as we bring you the latest from our reporters, who will cover all 10 teams at the event.

Unfamiliar foes: SMU

June, 24, 2013
Our series taking a team-by-team look at the marquee nonconference faces the Big East will see in the fall continues today with SMU, which once again has one of the more ambitious pre-league slates.

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Offensive opponent to watch: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. Ever hear of this guy? In case you haven't, he goes by the nickname Johnny Football. He won the Heisman Trophy last season as a redshirt freshman. He's been spotted seemingly everywhere and been hanging out with everyone in the offseason since. He hosts the Mustangs on Sept. 21, one week after facing two-time defending national champion Alabama, a team whose only loss last season came at the hands of … Manziel and the Aggies. Last year he led the Aggies to a 48-3 win at SMU, accounting for 418 total yards and six scores in three quarters while notching his first career win. All he did after was finish with 5,116 total yards and 47 touchdowns on the season while completing 68 percent of his passes.

Defensive opponent to watch: Devante Fields, DE, TCU. Field is banned from the season's first two games "due to a violation of university and team policy," meaning the SMU game on Sept. 28 will be his second game back. If he learns from the punishment, SMU and others need to watch out. The Horned Frogs' highest-rated recruit from 2012 burst onto the scene as a true freshman last fall, winning Big 12 defensive player of the year honors. He had four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and two hurries in a 24-16 win at SMU last season, and he finished the year with 53 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one pick, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 2

September, 9, 2012
After an eventful, surprising day across the Big 12 on Saturday, here's what we learned:

The reigning Big 12 champs are quite mortal. Chalk this one up as the biggest surprise of the young season in the Big 12. Turns out, Oklahoma State can't just plug-and-play to replace a pair of first-round picks. Tracy Moore turned in a fantastic game (eight receptions, 106 yards, four TDs), but Wes Lunt is no Brandon Weeden, and Justin Blackmon's usually sure hands were missed. Lunt threw for 440 yards, but three interceptions and a school-record 167 penalty yards on 15 flags were too much to overcome. The front seven looked like it had never seen a zone read before, giving up 59 points to a still-learning Arizona team in a 59-38 loss. The defense was missing its coordinator, Bill Young, who is dealing with a health issue, but the Cowboys might end up looking pretty mediocre in a very deep Big 12 if the turnovers and penalties don't cease. Worse than committing four turnovers? Forcing zero. The Cowboys didn't get a single takeaway in the desert on Saturday night after forcing 44 last season.

[+] EnlargeKansas State's Collin Klein
Scott Sewell/US PRESSWIREKansas State's Collin Klein accounted for 281 yards and four touchdowns against Miami.
Kansas State is back, and better than ever in Snyder's second go-around. Nobody saw Kansas State's 39-point romp coming, not even the Cats themselves. But what did you expect? This team was going to get better in the offseason. That's just what most college football teams do, and especially ones that return the kind of talent Kansas State does under Bill Snyder. The U looked completely overmatched from start to finish, and Collin Klein looked much, much better. Miami's not a very good team, but it has some great athletes. Kansas State completely negated Miami's speed by dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The day's biggest eye-popping performance.

Never, ever doubt Paul Rhoads (again). How do we keep doing this? A tossup game? Against a rival? Most folks (myself included) picked the Hawkeyes, but Rhoads pulled off another huge program win, setting a milestone yet again with the Cyclones, who hadn't won at Iowa since 2002, when Seneca Wallace was still in town. It didn't look pretty, and Iowa State's loaded with flaws, but there's no such thing as a bad win when it comes against a rival or it comes on the road. Iowa State got both on Saturday, making big plays down the stretch to make it happen.

TCU knows how to make an entrance. Yes, it was an FCS opponent, but zero incompletions in 17 attempts for two quarterbacks, and a defensive shutout? Oklahoma State showed us on Saturday night exactly what beating up on an FCS opponent ultimately means (nothing), but what else could TCU do? Look out for true freshman Devonte Fields, too, who could become a force in this league. An injury to Ross Forrest has forced TCU to depend on him more than it would like, but the talented blue-chip recruit notched his first career sack as Gary Patterson became the school's all-time leader in wins.

It's going to be another long year in Lawrence. What's more troubling? Kansas losing this game? Or Kansas being just a six-point favorite against Rice, which had never beaten a team from the Big 12 since the league was formed? The Jayhawks looked the part of an inexperienced team that didn't know how to win on Saturday, squandering a 24-13 lead late in the third quarter and losing a game it had no business losing. Dayne Crist's second interception of the day was a back-breaker, giving Rice the ball near midfield to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired. Crist is better than KU's alternatives, but he hasn't played well to this point. He finished just 16-of-28 for 144 yards with a touchdown and two picks. I thought Kansas would be better this year. The Jayhawks may improve by season's end -- Saturday proved they've got more room to do it than any team in the Big 12 -- but good grief, losing to Rice at home? I don't care what the circumstances are. That's terrible for a Big 12 team. This is the worst KU loss since the 6-3 North Dakota State disaster that kicked off the Turner Gill Era in 2010.