2008 Incoming Player Report: Ross Evans

Continuing with our series of scouting reports on TCU's incoming players, BigPurpleNation.com takes a look at kicker Ross Evans.

When TCU kicker Chris Manfredini ran out of eligibility at the end of the 2007 season, he took 254 career points and a steady kicking game with him. For most teams, that would be a source of concern heading into the fall. For the Horned Frogs, it may have opened the door for one of the best legs to ever come out of the state of Texas.

With the signing of Ross Evans, opponents will have to deal with the reality that the Frogs red-zone may start closer to midfield than the 20-yard line.

While starting all for years at Burnet (TX) High School, Evans hit on 37 of 53 field goal attempts—putting him in the record books as having the second most field goals in state history. Of those 37 kicks, three came from outside of 50 yards.

While handling kick-off duties, he sent 49 sailing out of the back of the end zone. Oh, and just for fun, he converted on 152 of 157 point-after attempts—or over 96-percent. Added all together, Evans single-handedly put 263 points on the board for the Bulldogs.

With those stats, it's no wonder that the list of accolades for Evans runs long. As both a junior and senior, he was First-Team All-District 25-4A and Texas High School Football 4A Region IV. He was Second-Team All-Central Texas, APSE All-State, and TSWA All-State as a junior and made first team on all three as a senior. He also won the Texas A&M Kicking Challenge and Lone Star Kicking Challenge.

OUTLOOK: Don't look for Evans to hit a 50-yarder to beat the Lobos on Aug. 30. His biggest adjustment will be learning to kick off the ground instead of the one-inch tee used in high school. If he can consistently hit from 25 to 35 yards this season and steadily improve over his career, he will fill a major void for the Horned Frogs.

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