Evans As Good As Advertised

Coming into the 2008 season, many fans had high expectations for true freshman kicker Ross Evans. After 6 games, Evans has not disappointed.

Coming into the 2008 season, many fans had high expectations for true freshman kicker Ross Evans. After 6 games, Evans has not disappointed.

Saturday night, #37 connected on field goals from 20 and 42 yards, to give him eight consecutive made attempts. He is now 9-of-10 on the season and has gone 25 for 26 in extra points.

Evans' only blunder this year, was a missed chip shot at New Mexico, in TCU's opening game. Ironically the kick was his shortest attempt of the year.

So far the freshman has looked cool and collected when kicking. When he walks out to the field to make an attempt, I never think, "I hope the kid can come through in this pressure situation." The players have noticed his performance so far as well.

"He has definitely stepped up. I remember watching him during two a days and thinking this kid is going to be pretty special," said senior linebacker Jason Phillips. "It's been big. It no only keeps the ball game going, but it put points on the scoreboard for us. When you get into the red-zone and you can't score a touchdown, you want something at least for it."

If there is any major concern regarding Evans, it's that the kicker works to hard.

"The only thing I can tell you is that it's the most amazing thing. They are always saying (Evans and Kelton) their legs are tired," said Coach Patterson Saturday night. "They go out before the game and they are supposed be out there 30 minutes before and they go out 45. They go out there right after we get off the buses and I have to send coaches out there so they only kick "x" amount of kicks. They say my leg is tired, but I kicked 107 kicks out there before everyone is in the stands….It's the most amazing thing I have ever seen…I can't wait until they are juniors."

In high school Evans started all for years for Burnet (TX), 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.

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.

It could be just a matter of time before the kicker is winning All-Mountain West Conference honors.


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