football coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Thursday that sophomore running back
Arby Fields is leaving the team and transferring.
disappointed that Arby has made the decision to leave Northwestern," Fitzgerald
said in a statement. "He is an outstanding young man and we wish him nothing
but the best in his future endeavors."
was not available for more comments, as he is on the road recruiting, a team
spokesperson said. Fields' teammates were also not available for comment due to
reading week for final exams.
an Alta Loma, Calif. native, played two seasons for the Wildcats and rushed for
480 yards in 23 games with six touchdowns. Fields also had 21 receptions. He
rushed for a career-high 96 yards against Illinois State on Sept. 11, a 37-3
victory at Ryan Field. He was also the team's leading rusher in 2009 with 302
yards and five touchdowns.
also a centerfielder for the Wildcats baseball team, hit .292 last spring
during his freshman campaign with 27 RBI and eight stolen bases.
team spokesperson said he is not sure if Fields will play both baseball and
football at his new school, but that Fields is going to leave after the NU
quarter ends next week and will try to enroll in a new school by January.
spokesperson also said that Fields met with Fitzgerald on Sunday to tell him he
wanted to transfer, and met with more officials from the program Wednesday to
finalize his decision.
was one of three running backs starting for the Wildcats for the first month of
the season. He was hopefully going to be the headliner in a running game that
Fitzgerald had high hopes for since training camp began in August.
suffered a setback in training camp when he injured his left shoulder at Camp
Kenosha, but was able to play in the Wildcats' season opener at Vanderbilt.
After the ISU victory, Fields' output dropped off and he was benched for the
Purdue game Oct. 6, a 20-17 loss at Ryan Field.
Fields stopped seeing playing time, Fitzgerald went with the running back
tandem of Jacob Schmidt and redshirt freshman Mike Trumpy, a local prodcut from
Wheaton North. Schmidt, though, injured his ankle in the Wildcats' 35-27 loss to
Michigan State and has since been unable to play.
picked up the slack, but he suffered a non-surgical fracture in his right wrist
in the first quarter against Illinois on Nov. 20 at Wrigley Field, a 48-27
Wildcat loss. Trumpy did not play in the Wildcats' 70-23 loss at Wisconsin last
week, and it is unknown whether or not Trumpy will be available for the
Wildcats' as-yet-to-be-determined bowl game which will be announced on Sunday.
has had luck keeping its players in Evanston, with only two players in the past
10 years having transferred. Thomas Bemenderfer was an offensive lineman from
Mishawaka, Ind. who left the program to attend Notre Dame in 2006. Tony Stauss
was a pro-style quarterback from Racine, Wis., who transferred to North Dakota
State in 2003 after the Wildcats started running a spread offense.