Pat Fields, a senior safety for Oklahoma, just wrapped up his final year with the Sooners as a first-team academic All-American and will be taking his academic prowess elsewhere in 2022.
Fields announced on Twitter Thursday night that he was heading to Stanford on full academic scholarship in a message titled “Just A Kid From Tulsa.”
“[I’m] incredibly thankful to the University of Oklahoma and all that it has afforded me. To the staff, administration, professors, classmates/teammates, and all the members I’ve interacted with, I hope I’ve expressed my genuine appreciation in real life through our everyday interactions.
“Beginning January 3rd, I start my journey to complete a master’s in management science and engineering at Stanford University on a full academic scholarship.
“To those that follow me, I hope my current efforts resemble a man of God and conserve as an inspiration to others…
“Forever A Sooner.”
Fields finished his senior year with 80 tackles, nearly 2/3 of his output in the previous three seasons combined (122). He also had five tackles for loss, second to only his sophomore season when he collected 6 TFL’s. He was elected a captain for the team in 2021, and provided stability for the Sooners’ secondary through several injuries.
In the final game of his career, Oklahoma’s 47-32 win over Oregon, Fields was named the defensive MVP of the Valero Alamo Bowl. He recorded six solo tackles and one tackle for loss in that game and lead the Sooners skeleton-crew defense to a win.