Doubting he belonged in Ann Arbor, Chris Evans goes from 'unknown' to 'known' in one game

Chris Evans doubted whether he belonged at Michigan. After Saturday, that's certainly changed.

True freshman running back Chris Evans knew if that he did his job in camp, everything else will fall into place.

It certainly did on Saturday.

Evans finished the day with 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a performance that quite possibly surprised everyone but his teammates and coaching staff. In fact, he became the third player in U-M program history to rush over the century mark in his first game.

He said himself that he rarely gets nervous, but it was something about entering Ann Arbor in the fall that made him nervous and question his abilities.

"I was nervous because I didn't think that I could do it," Evans said. "I was under the radar anyway so I'm questioning, 'should I be here? Really, is this the place for me?'"

When exactly did the nerves start?

"Before (fall camp) started," Evans admitted. "The seniors were hype about other people like Rashan (Gary) and I'm sitting in the back just chilling.

"Nobody really knows me, until today."

If the hype train hadn't left the station before the season started, it's certainly at full steam right now. Showing some burst and athleticism on Saturday, people are going to know who Evans is.

Again, for those outside of the program, Evans' abilities might have come as a surprise to some. Others like his head coach Jim Harbaugh, he had an inkling all along that he knew he was going to be a good football player.

"He's a special player and I expect big things going forward," Harbaugh said. "He really can do everything you want a back to do. He blocks, he runs the balls between the tackles, he can run it on the edge and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He's a good contributor on special teams as well, in a lot of ways he'll be used. He's a special player."

The legend of Chris Evans is just getting started.


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