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Union’s Patrick Fields a Top Defensive Back

Sports Writer

OU BOUND: Union safety and OU commit Patrick Fields will be a big part of the Redskins’ secondary this season.

 Photo Courtesy DAVID FISHER

As Union begins defense of its state title in 2017, the man leading the Redskins’ secondary is Patrick Fields (6-0, 190, senior), an OU commit who is regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the state.

Fields will be occupying the role of one of the safety spots.

“I like safety the most because I feel like I’m always in control and I’m always leading,” he says. “Because playing safety, you’re usually always orchestrating the secondary and you’re making all the calls and adjustments. So, I feel like I’m leading the secondary, which is what I really like to do.”

The key to winning state last year, Fields says, was the team coming together for the playoffs.

“Everyone was buying into the process and what the coaches were speaking,” Fields says. “Everyone was just buying into the program and working hard. The feeling (winning state) is just indescribable, really; I can’t put it into words, especially since our rival Jenks won the championship the past four years. Beating them in the semifinals and going on to win the state championship, it was a lot bigger for us. We were doing it for our whole school and not just only our team.”

In 2016, Fields enforced 61 tackles and made three interceptions.  As a sophomore, he produced 42 stops, including 15 in a game against Broken Arrow.

“Every single time we make a big play last year, we just celebrated,” Fields says. “We just really went out and had fun and enjoyed the game of football, because you can only play football for so long. So, we appreciate every single play no matter how big or small it is.”

Football is at least in the future for Fields, who is verbally committed to play for the University of Oklahoma when he graduates from Union.

The family-oriented atmosphere is what attracted Fields to OU.

“I remember the first time I visited, my grandfather and I didn’t know anyone. It was crazy, because by the time we left the visit, we felt like we had known everyone there for years. With it being family oriented, even if I were to get hurt playing football and never play football again, I’d love to go to OU and still be down there.”

Fields made his announcement on March 5, three months before Bob Stoops retired as coach, handing over the reins to Lincoln Riley.

“I think it’s going to be the next big step for the program because Lincoln Riley is a lot younger guy, and he is the ideal coach for college football,” Fields says. “With him being younger he will be relatable to the younger, players and to how we feel about certain things. I really think it’s going to be the next big step for the program.”

He chose OU over Texas, TCU, Louisville and Notre Dame.

For Union to repeat in 2017, the key, Fields says, is for everyone buying in and then working hard.

“Although we lost a lot of big-time seniors like Tre (Brown), Kyrei (Fisher) and Shamari (Brooks), we still have a lot of talent here,” Fields says. “We have six or seven guys who have Division-I offers. It’s just going to be us buying in and working hard every single day.”  

Union opens its season on Aug. 26 at Broken Arrow, a Saturday game schedule for an 11 a.m. kickoff and is scheduled for ESPN.

“A lot of kids aren’t going to get to play college football, so they are not going to get their opportunity to play on national television like some of us. So, it’s really big for them and they’ll appreciate that a lot,” Fields says.

Followed by the opener at BA, the Redskins will host Euless (Texas) Trinity on Sept. 1. Then it is the annual Backyard Bowl, Sept. 7, at Chapman Stadium against Jenks. After a week off, it’s Edmond North on the road on Sept. 22, followed by a home meeting against Owasso on Sept. 29.   

Updated 08-30-2017

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