Fields is currently enrolled and playing at Trinity Valley Community College, and his head coach said Fields' plan is to go through the recruiting process with the plan to play again at the Division I level.
"Everything he has said to me and everything his family has said to me is the plan is for him to get his (Associate's Degree) and to play Division I again," Trinity Valley CC head coach Brad Smiley told me in a phone interview on Tuesday. "He is excited about going through that process and playing Division I again. He has not said anything about coming out to play in the NFL."
Fields was essentially kicked out of TCU for a handful of infractions, the last being a dispute involving an ex-girlfriend that reportedly included assault. Fields is still scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in Fort Worth on Oct. 17 stemming from the charges in late July.
Fields initially tried to transfer to Stephen F. Austin, but NCAA rules would not allow him to play without sitting out one year because of TCU's ruling.
Fields then followed the Cam Newton route and transferred to a junior college where could play immediately - in this case, Trinity Valley CC in Athens, Texas.
"He's a great kid and he's been doing great," Smiley said. "He came here with the right attitude and he just wanted to get things settled down."
Trinity Valley CC is currently 3-0, and ranks third in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll.
Fields has 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one tackle for a loss. Smiley said Fields is seeing a double team nearly every play.
"Everybody he sees knows who he is," Smiley said. "He is their Super Bowl."
As a true freshman in 2012, Fields was the Big 12 defensive player of the year. He missed all but three games in 2013 because of a foot injury. He was named the 2014 Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year.
"He could not say enough nice things about TCU, Stephen F. Austin and the way everybody tried to help him," Smiley said. "He is just trying to get things settled down."
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