On Monday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced that defensive end Devonte Fields will be suited up for the Horned Frogs game against LSU, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN. Fields was suspended during the offseason for violating unspecified team rules. He is currently listed on the team’s depth chart as the starter, along with Matt Anderson. Patterson is known for being a man of good morals and teaching his players important life lessons and it would be a surprise to many if Fields plays against LSU. Despite being the AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, Fields might be forced to watch the first two games of the season from the sideline.
Patterson also announced that he will be going with both Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin at quarterback on Saturday. TCU’s uncertainty at several key position could make things difficult for LSU. Pachall and Boykin will be used in various scenarios, according to Ben Kercheval of Bleacher Report. In fact, both quarterbacks will be captains at the coin toss. With so much in the air for TCU, LSU head coach Les Miles will be forced to coach on the fly and will have to wait until kickoff to see how TCU lines up.
Pachall and Boykin’s performances against LSU’s tough defense, which allowed the 12th-least points per game in 2012, might indicate the starter for the remainder of the season. If TCU wins against LSU this weekend, it could find itself as an early season candidate to win the Big 12. A Horned Frogs win would also make a huge statement against the SEC’s dominance in recent years.