2017: Returning starting cornerback ... preseason fourth team All-ACC selection by Athlon Sports ... candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, an honor presented annually to the top defensive back in the nation by the Jim Thorpe Association ... named to the preseason Watch List for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, an honor presented annually by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation to the top defensive player in college football who makes the biggest impact for his team, both on and off the field ... in 39 career games (26 starts), has 142 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1.0 quarterback sack, three INTs, one fumble recovery, two caused fumbles and 14 PBUs ... has returned two INTs for TDs against Tulane in 2014 (22 yards) and Pittsburgh in 2016 (36 yards) ... has played 2,495 snaps ... begins the season as Duke's most experienced player ... has 32 games with 2+ tackles including a career-high 10 stops against Troy in 2013 ... has 19 games with 4+ tackles ... enters the 2017 season having started 25 straight contests and recorded 1+ tackle in 35 of his last 36 games dating back to the 2013 season ... among active players in the ACC, ranks eighth in PBUs and tied for 10th in total passes defended (17) ... one of four active players in the ACC with multiple career INT returns for TDs, joining Florida State's Nate Andrews (2), Wake Forest's Jesse Bates III (2) and Pittsburgh's Avante Maddox (2) ... one of 11 players in Duke history to register 2+ INT returns for TDs, joining Jack Alexander (2; 1933-35), Carl Deane (2; 1939-40), Gordon Carver (2; 1942-45), Jack Wilson (2; 1959-61), Ernie Jackson (2; 1969-71), Dennis Tabron (2; 1978-81), Wyatt Smith (3; 1988-91), John Talley (3; 2003-06), Leon Wright (2; 2006-09) and DeVon Edwards (2013-16) ... three-time Academic All-ACC selection.
2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the program's Ace Parker Award, an honor presented annually to an individual who displays unparalleled commitment to the team and overcomes adversity to contribute ... also earned the program's Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, an honor presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... started all 12 games ... recorded 30 tackles, 0.5 TFL, two INTs, six PBUs and two caused fumbles ... had a season-high seven tackles at Louisville as the Blue Devils held the Cardinals to 34 points and 190.2 total yards below their season averages entering the contest ... in the win over Notre Dame, had four tackles, one PBU and one caused fumble ... logged INTs versus Northwestern and Pittsburgh ... returned the INT against the Panthers 36 yards for a TD ... had a season-high three PBUs in the victory over North Carolina as Duke limited the Tar Heels to 7.2 points and 56.7 yards less than their season averages entering the week ... on the field for 768 snaps.
2015: Did not see game action while recovering from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered on August 26, 2015.
2014 Game-by-Game Statistics
2014: Academic All-ACC selection ... started all 13 games ... registered 70 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one INT, one fumble recovery and two PBUs ... finished tied for fourth on the team in total tackles and tied for 44th in the ACC in tackles per game (5.39) ... posted 2+ tackles in all 13 games including a season-high nine stops in the win over Tulane ... also against the Green Wave, returned first career INT 22 yards for a TD ... logged eight stops at Syracuse and seven tackles against Virginia Tech ... had 5+ tackles in nine weeks ... helped Duke rank among the NCAA leaders in third down conversion defense (15th; .344), passing efficiency defense (23rd; 115.20) and scoring defense (24th; 21.8) ... on the field for 1,052 snaps.
2013 Game-by-Game Statistics
2013: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in all 14 games with one starting assignment ... earned start versus N.C. State in place of injured captain Ross Cockrell ... recorded 42 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack and six PBUs ... posted a season-high 10 tackles against Troy ... first collegiate sack was a 9-yard loss of eventual Heisman Trophy recipient Jameis Winston of Florida State in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship game ... posted season-high three PBUs to match the second-highest single-game total by a Duke freshman in the 13-10 win over No. 16 Virginia Tech as the Blue Devils defeated a nationally-ranked opponent on the road for the first time since 1971 ... also had multiple PBUs in the win over N.C. Central (2) ... registered 2+ tackles in 10 games ... on the field for 675 snaps.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Four year letterman at Providence Day under coach Bruce Hardin ... helped Providence Day to a four-year record of 29-18 with three state playoff berths including the 2011 North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA) Division I state championship ... two-time first team all-state selection by the NCISAA ... two-time All-Mecklenburg pick by the Charlotte Observer ... as a senior, posted 67 tackles and four INTs, returned two punts for TDs, caught 49 passes for 851 yards and six TDs and rushed 44 times for 400 yards and four TDs ... in junior season, logged 47 tackles and five INTs and returned five punts for TDs ... earned MVP honors as Providence Day defeated Charlotte Country Day, 20-14, in the 2011 NCISAA Division I state championship game ... named the 2011 Special Teams Player of the Year by South Charlotte Weekly ... finished career with 208 tackles, 14 INTs and 10 punt returns for TDs ... named the MVP of the eighth annual Oasis Shrine Bowl after helping North Carolina to a 27-6 win over South Carolina with a 71-yard punt return for a TD and an eight-yard scoring run on November 24, 2012 in Mooresville, N.C. ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... captured the NCISAA 3A state crown in the 400 meters in 2012.
PERSONAL: Born August 23, 1994 ... graduated from Duke in December, 2016 with a degree in economics and minor in Spanish ... currently pursuing a master's degree in political science ... son of Bryon and Julie Fields.