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ASU Football: Evan Fields becomes latest Sun Devil to announce return

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Just days after Jack Jones announced his plan to return to the Arizona State football program for a final season, the already talented defensive backfield got some more good news Wednesday morning.

Safety Evan Fields, who was overall the Sun Devils’ best defensive player in 2020, announced on twitter that he is returning to Tempe in 2021 for a final season.

Fields is the second player to take advantage of the NCAA Division I Board of Director’s decision to allow players to take an extra year of eligibility due to irregularities caused by COVID-19.

With the degree of disruption suffered by ASU football this season, the decision is certainly warranted, and may be followed by other teammates.

Fields anchored a defense that experienced a series of ups and downs. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior led the team with 38 tackles and three forced fumbles, good for an all Pac-12 honorable mention and the third among conference safeties.

Fields return in 2020 solidifies a veteran presence in a defensive backfield that will look to wreak havoc on Pac-12 offenses in 2021.