WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Former WSSU Rams, Carlos Fields, is able to keep his NFL dream alive, as the former two-time CIAA Defensive Player of the Year and two-time NCAA Division II All-American, has been signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad for the 2014 season.
Carlos Fields spent the past offseason and preseason with the Oakland Raiders, who signed him as a college free agent out of Winston-Salem State and waived him in their final cuts. Fields will wear No. 58 for the Buccaneers.
Fields was an integral part of the #1 ranked WSSU defensive unit in 2013, as he backed that up with his superior play. He led the team with 93 tackles, including 8.5 for losses. He also had two interceptions, four pass breakups, 6 deflections and one forced fumble in leading WSSU to a 10-2 record and third straight trip to the NCAA DII Playoffs. He was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the CIAA and was also named to several All-American teams for the second consecutive season. Coming into the 2013 season, Fields was ranked as the #1 DII linebacker in the nation. In his stellar career, Fields amassed 322 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss yards, 6 interceptions, 23 passes broken up, eight quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. During his time at WSSU, his team went an amazing 45-6 in four years.
Carlos Fields, a 6-1, 238-pound linebacker from Northern Vance high school in Henderson, N.C., led Northern Vance HS to the Mid-State Conference Championship and was selected as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. He was selected to represent the State of North Carolina in the East vs. West All-Star Game as a senior and collected over 100 tackles his senior season. Fields was a two-sport star who was also named All-Conference in basketball. He turned down an offer from North Carolina A&T and drew recruiting interest from James Madison, before enrolling at WSSU. He is the son of Carlos Fields, Sr. and Shelia Seward.