TCU defensive end Devonte Fields has been separated from the university pending the results of an investigation into allegations made against him, the school announced in a statement Tuesday.
Fields is a suspect in a domestic disturbance call related to an incident that occurred Sunday morning in Fort Worth.
Fields was the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as a true freshman, but he only played in two games last season after a suspension for violation of university and team policy and a foot injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year.
Fields has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fields' ex-girlfriend accused him of pointing a gun at her, threatening "I should blast you!” and then punching her in the head last Sunday. A Fort Worth police spokesman confirmed to Yahoo Sports and the Star-Telegram that Fields is a suspect in a domestic disturbance call.
Fields was named preseason defensive player of the year at the Big 12 media days this week, something that surprised TCU head coach Gary Patterson.
"I was kind of surprised Devonte Fields was [the pick] because he hadn't played a year ago," Patterson said. "I haven't watched him since you watched him."
- Scooby Axson and Chris Johnson