Clemson cornerback Mark Fields spoke with the media earlier this week. The junior spoke about rebounding from his turf toe injury and the recovery process, the one-on-one time that the cornerbacks are getting with coach Mike Reed, and how the freshman are doing.
Question: How does it feel to have Coach Reed just focusing on the corners now? Is it more one-on-one coaching now?
Fields: “Yeah, absolutely. Coach Reed really gets to focus on just us and we get to focus on a lot more detail.”
Question: What kind of camp do you think you’re having so far?
Fields: “I think I am having an outstanding camp, probably one of my best camps since I’ve been here. I am feeling one hundred percent from the turf toe and I am ready to go.”
Question: Are you working on your technique, your footwork, are you paying attention to the details of the position?
Fields: “I’m really focusing on the ends and outs of the defense, like knowing what I do and also knowing what the man in front of me is doing.”
Question: How fun is it being apart of a defense that has the potential to be as good as this one?
Fields: “It’s fun, because we come out here everyday and we continue to get better.”
Question: Did you have it in your mind coming out here that you wanted to grab a certain job. That this was ‘my time, my year?’
Fields: “Oh, yeah absolutely. That is my mindset coming into practice everyday.”
Question: Are you where you want to be at the beginning of the season?
Fields: “I think I am past where I wanted to be coming into the season, I’ve continued to work on the fundamentals and I am one hundred percent back from my turf toe injury which is very exciting.”
Question: How did the turf toe happen?
Fields: “Long story short, I was shedding a block and I was coming to make a tackle and one of the defenders had hit me in the back and my toe got caught in the grass. I felt it. I had toe turf in high school, so I knew exactly what it felt like.”
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