Brandon Fields

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Brandon Fields
Brandon Fields2.jpg
Fields with the Dolphins in 2011
No. 2     Miami Dolphins
Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-05-21) May 21, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Southfield, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Toledo (OH) St. John's Jesuit
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 7 / Pick: 225
Debuted in 2007 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Punts 536
Punting yards 21,123
Average punt 46.8
Inside 20 184
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Brandon David Fields (born May 21, 1984) is an American football punter for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Michigan State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Fields was born in Southfield, Michigan. He attended St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio,[1] and played for the St, John's Titans high school football team. During his senior season, he handled kickoff duties for the Titans football team and was a first-team all-state selection as a punter while also playing tight end.[1] Fields also lettered in basketball for St. John's.[1]

College career[edit]

Fields attended Michigan State University, and played for the Michigan State Spartans football team from 2003 to 2006.[2] He earned numerous honors during his freshman season in 2003. He led the Big Ten Conference and was second in the nation with a 46.4-yard average.[2] In a game against Nebraska, Fields set an Alamo Bowl record with a 62-yard punt.[2]

Fields had the most productive season of his collegiate career as a sophomore in 2004, leading the nation with a 47.9-yard punting average.[2] Honors on the season included numerous All-Big Ten and All-American selections.[2] He was also a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's top punter.[2]

As a junior in 2005, Fields handled the kickoff duties for the first four games of the season in addition to being the team's punter.[1] He wrapped up his collegiate career with a 45.0-yard punting average as a senior.[1]

On Dec 13, 2010, the Big Ten Conference instituted the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year award to honor Fields and Thomas "Dike" Eddleman, Illinois punter from 1946–48.

Awards and honors[edit]

During his collegiate career at Michigan State, Fields earned the following honors:[2]

Freshman (2003)

Sophomore (2004)

  • Second-team coaches All-Big Ten
  • First-team media All-Big Ten
  • First-team AP All-American
  • First-team FWAA All-American
  • First-team Rivals.com All-American
  • First-team SI.com All-American
  • First-team Walter Camp All-American
  • Ray Guy Award finalist

In addition to his football accolades, Fields was an Academic All-Big Ten selection each of his four years at Michigan State.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Prior to the 2007 NFL Draft, Fields was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.[4] At his Pro Day in April, Fields measured in at 6-foot-4 7/8 and 236 pounds.[4]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Fields was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round (225th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.[1] The pick used to select Fields was acquired from the St. Louis Rams earlier in the offseason in exchange for punter Donnie Jones.[1] Fields was the first punter drafted by the Dolphins since Brent Bartholomew in 1999 and was the first rookie to handle punting duties for the team on a full-time basis since Reggie Roby in 1983.[1] On May 24, the Dolphins signed Fields to a four-year contract.[4]

Fields handled punting duties for the Dolphins during all 16 games of his rookie season.[1] His 77 punts averaged 43.2 yards in length, with 10 of them landing inside the opponent's 20-yard line.[1] He also served as the holder on field goals and extra points.[1] His gross average ranked seventh in the AFC and led all four rookie punters in the NFL that season and has improved in all facets of his game every season since.[1]

During the 2008 offseason, it was reported that new Dolphins Vice President Bill Parcells "absolutely loves Brandon Fields."[5] The team did not pursue competition for him that offseason or since.[5]

On December 27, 2013, the NFL announced Fields as a selection for the 2014 Pro Bowl.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team G No. Yards Lng Avg. Net Avg. Blk In 20
2007 MIA 16 77 3,327 61 43.2 36.6 0 10
2008 MIA 16 74 3,249 71 43.9 35.5 0 24
2009 MIA 16 75 3,472 66 46.3 39.8 0 25
2010 MIA 16 73 3,249 61 46.2 37.8 2 31
2011 MIA 16 78 3,810 70 48.8 41.1 0 32
2012 MIA 16 74 3,715 67 50.2 41.2 0 29
2013 MIA 16 85 4,150 74 48.8 42.4 0 33
Total 112 536 25,092 74 46.8 39.4 2 184

Personal[edit]

His wife, Katie, who he married during the 2008 offseason, is currently pursuing her degree in chiropractic medicine at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Fla.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "TEAM: Roster Brandon Fields Profile". MiamiDolphins.com. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Player Bio: Brandon Fields". MSUSpartans.CSTV.com. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Eighteen Spartan Football Players Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors". MSUSpartans.CSTV.com. December 7, 2005. 
  4. ^ a b c "KFFL – Brandon Fields, P". KFFL.com. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Armando Salguero (June 5, 2008). "The Tuna speaks to ME (and others)". Herald.com. 
  6. ^ Hal Habib (December 27, 2013). "Four Miami Dolphins named to Pro Bowl: Mike Pouncey, Cameron Wake, Brent Grimes and Brandon Fields". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved December 28, 2103. 

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