Throughout West Virginia soccer’s media availability Tuesday afternoon, senior linebacker Tony Fields talked at length about how excited he is to play in opposition to Texas Tech linebacker Colin Schooler, his former teammate.
Throughout Texas Tech’s media availability, Schooler echoed the identical sentiment.
“Tony and I’ve a very robust relationship,” Schooler mentioned. “We’ve been by way of lots over the previous couple years.”
Fields and Schooler performed beside each other for 3 seasons as members of the Arizona Wildcats. Each elected to switch away from Tuscon this previous offseason, with Fields landing at West Virginia at the beginning of August and Schooler at Texas Tech later within the month.
As quickly as he dedicated to the Pink Raiders, Schooler mentioned he realized he and Fields would play one another.
“As quickly as I got here to Tech, I knew he was on the schedule,” Schooler mentioned. “We’ve been speaking about it for some time now. It’s going to be bizarre to begin, nevertheless it’s going to be enjoyable.”
Fields likewise mentioned he had Saturday’s sport circled on his calendar out of pleasure.
“He’s circled the day on the calendar as a result of he can’t watch for the day he can beat me, nevertheless it’s not going to occur,” Fields joked. “Likewise, I can’t wait till the day I can beat him. We at all times competed with one another whether or not it was soccer video games, Madden, something, so I can’t wait.”
“I see our friendship going longer than soccer, we’ve that form of relationship with one another,” Schooler defined. “We speak persistently all through every week, particularly since we went out separate methods. We’re checking on one another, seeing how we’re doing, congratulating one another. We talked slightly bit concerning the upcoming sport…it’s going to be enjoyable.”
Fields leads the Mountaineer protection in tackles with 35 tackles. WVU’s protection presently leads the nation in complete protection. Schooler mentioned he’s been pleased to look at Fields’ success.
“He’s an issue for offenses,” Schooler mentioned of Fields. “I’m actually happy with the best way he’s been enjoying this yr. It’s actually cool to see him to step up on such brief discover at West Virginia and have the impression that he’s been doing.”
WVU and Texas will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. The sport will probably be broadcast on ESPN2.