But Evans was forced into action and played well in his limited time at linebacker and fared well playing special teams before an injury of his own knocked him out of the rotation.
Now as a sophomore Evans has grown and put on the weight he was hoping for. The question will be if success on the field follows?
How have you progressed from last season?
We went through offseason so that really helped me a lot. I weigh a lot more, feel faster and stronger.
Were you surprised at the playing time you got last season?
When I got here, coach said he was never really scared to play young guys as long as they could play. I knew that I was backing up Frank (Shannon), and Frank's a great player. I knew that if I had the opportunity to play, and he said he was going to give it to me, to take advantage of it.
How important was it to come back from the injury and play special teams for the Sugar Bowl?
It was really important. The injury sucked, but the fact I was able to come back, you saw that win and how fun it was. I was glad I was able to be a part of it.
How has the transition been from freshman year to sophomore year?
It's coming along really well. You got your first year in there, your feet are wet. I feel more mature in the system. It's going really good for me.
With Corey Nelson gone, who has assumed the leadership role with the linebackers?
Frank, Dom (Alexander), those two guys are the starters. Those are the guys we look up to, but the leadership is spread out. Sometimes I'll say something. Sometimes Aaron (Franklin) will say something. The leadership is spread out. It's a good group, we all feed off each other.
What have your first impressions been about junior college transfer Devante Bond?
Oh, I like that dude. He's a fast dude coming off the edge. He's going to make a big impact for us this season.