2004 consensus All-American ranks as a leading candidate for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top punter . . . handles Michigan State's punting chores for the third-straight year . . . preseason first-team All-America selection by Athlon Sports and Lindy's . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten pick by The Sporting News, Street & Smith's, Lindy's, Athlon Sports and CBS SportsLine.com . . . his career 47.1-yard punting average ranks No. 1 on MSU's and the Big Ten's all-time lists . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Walter Camp, SI.com and Rivals.com . . . Ray Guy Award finalist . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's media panel . . . second-team All-Big Ten pick by the league's coaches . . . named Academic All-Big Ten for the second year in a row . . . led the NCAA in punting with his 47.9-yard average in 2004 . . . led the nation in punting for 12 weeks during the regular season, including the last 11 in a row . . . hit 23 punts 50 or more yards and had 13 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line . . . averaged 51.0 yards on four punts vs. Wisconsin, including a 49-yarder that went out of bounds at the Badger 4 late in the third quarter . . . averaged 54.0 yards on three punts vs. Ohio State, including a 62-yarder in the third quarter that was downed at the OSU 1-yard line . . . averaged 55.7 yards on three punts vs. Illinois, including two kicks downed inside the Illini 20 . . . averaged 53.0 yards on four punts vs. Indiana, including a season-long 65-yarder, with two kicks downed inside the Hoosier 20 . . . averaged 55.3 yards on six punts vs. Central Michigan, including a 62-yarder . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Named second-team All-American by The Sporting News . . . honorable mention All-America pick by Rivals.com . . . first-team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . second-team All-Big Ten choice by the coaches . . . selected Midseason All-American by SI.com . . . featured on the Ray Guy Award Watch List . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . made special teams appearances in all 13 games in 2003 . . . led the Big Ten and ranked No. 2 nationally in punting with his 46.4-yard average . . . his punting average ranks second on MSU's single-season chart, trailing only All-American Greg Montgomery who averaged 47.8 yards in 1986 . . . hit 22 punts 50 or more yards and had another 17 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20 . . . averaged 48.0 yards on five punts vs. Nebraska, including an Alamo Bowl-record 62-yarder in the first quarter . . . earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors three times in 2003 (vs. Penn State, Notre Dame and Rutgers) . . . averaged 52.5 yards on four punts vs. Penn State, including a 55-yarder in the third quarter . . . averaged 53.8 yards on five punts vs. Notre Dame, including three kicks downed inside the Irish 20 . . . produced the fifth-longest punt in Spartan history vs. Notre Dame, a 79-yarder in the second quarter . . . averaged 52.3 yards on six punts vs. Rutgers, including a 74-yarder in the second quarter . . . also pinned the Scarlet Knights back inside their 20-yard line three times . . . 2002 SEASON: Redshirted . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to PrepStar's All-Midwest Team . . . Associated Press first-team All-Ohio (Division I) selection as the punter . . . also earned All-Blade, all-area and all-district honors as a senior . . . averaged 41.7 yards per punt in 2001 . . . 30 of his 35 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks as a senior . . . also started on the offensive and defensive lines for Coach Matt Dzierwa at St. John's High School in Toledo, Ohio . . . attended the same high school that produced former Spartan cornerback DeMario Suggs and former All-Big Ten (second team) offensive guard Shaun Mason . . . son of Dr. David and Connie Fields . . . born May 21, 1984 . . . majoring in kinesiology.
Fields' Statistics Punting G No. Yds. Avg. LG +50 -20 2003 13 62 2878 46.4 79 22 17 2004 12 50 2394 47.9 65 23 13 Career 25 112 5272 47.1 79 45 30
Fields' Career Highs
Punts: 9, vs. Iowa (2003)
Punting Yards: 437, vs. Iowa (2003)
Punting Average (Min. 4 punts): 55.3, vs. Central Michigan (2004)