Just about everybody in the Oklahoma program was surprised to learn Dominique Alexander would be leaving early for the NFL Draft.
The thought was Alexander would be back for his senior season and one of the leaders of the team. Tay Evans certainly thought that.
Instead, Alexander is hoping to get his name called next month, and Evans is hoping to become the man in the middle with Jordan Evans.
“This is big,” Evans said. “With Dom leaving, that spot is open. It’s a big opportunity for me to go out there and lock that spot down.”
Entering his redshirt sophomore season, Evans has been around the program for a while now and is certainly eager to get a chance to show what he can do.
Last year it was primarily in a backup role, and Evans did play a major role in special teams. In his opinion, every little bit helps.
“It was good to get out there and get a little experience,” Evans said. “It’s going to be great out there. It was something I was dreaming about since I was little.”
There’s no one thing in particular Evans is trying to improve. Instead, he said the focus from linebackers coach Tim Kish has been on all the little thing.
It’s a new day at linebacker with five linebackers departing, including three of the four starters so it’s a big opportunity, for sure, but it’s also one you have to make the best of each time.
No spot is guaranteed. A great day won’t win the job. Consistency will.
This season will realistically be the first season the Evans brothers can make a major impact. Tay at linebacker and redshirt freshman Bobby at offensive tackle. A lot has been expected of the duo, the sons of former OU basketball player Bobby Lee Evans.
Fully recovered from his torn ACL, Bobby Evans will be fighting for his spot on the offensive line as Tay tries to secure the spot in the middle of the defense.
“It’s good,” said Tay about having him here. “It’s just a home away from home to have my brother here. We got Kyler (Murray) and we got Lee (Morris) here, too.”
The Allen (Texas) High connection is running deep with the Sooners right now, and Tay is hoping he can represent the Eagles with the way he plays for the Sooners.