Written By Evan McShane (@very_reasonable)
Tony Fields, Safety, Jacksonville Jaguars Mini-Camp
Early this morning Tony Fields earned himself an invitation to the Jaguars rookie mini-camp. Tony Fields was a beast during his tenure with the Hoosiers in Bloomington. Throughout his productive career at Indiana, Tony Fields proved he’s capable of making big plays in the passing game and stepping up to make tackles in the running game. Fields made an impact immediately for the Hoosiers. As a true freshman, he saw action in all 12 games and recorded 14 tackles. During Fields’ sophomore year he played in 13 games and recorded 19 tackles. His most memorable moment of the season was the first interception of his career. He ran it back 20 yards for a touchdown.
As Fields grew to be an upperclassmen, his game continued to grow as well. As a junior, Fields racked up a career-high 70 tackles and recorded two more interceptions. He recorded eight-tackle games against Purdue, Penn State, Ohio State, and in the Foster Farms Bowl. He earned defensive player of the week against Penn State. For the first three games of his senior season, Fields played safety as usual. Tom Allen made the decision to bring Fields up into the box and play the husky position in effort to shore up the run game.
Yet again, Fields delivered. In his first game at husky against Penn State, he racked up ten tackles. He’d finish the season with five tackles for a loss and 57 tackles in total. He added another interception while being named defensive player of the week twice – against Michigan and Rutgers. He capped off his Hoosier career by winning the team’s Harold Mauro “Loyalty to IU Football” Award. Tony Fields ended his collegiate career as the only football player in Indiana history to play in 50 games. He started 20 of them. His career tallies included 159 tackles, four interceptions, and nine pass breakups.
Tony Fields always did whatever was asked of him to help his team. He was productive and stable at multiple defensive positions throughout his career. His remarkable durability and versatility earned him an invitation to the Jaguars mini-camp. He will join former Hoosier wide receiver Shane Wynn in Jacksonville as both former IU standouts will attempt to make the active roster.
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