Evans set for Music City

Wisconsin's star receiver will grace the college gridiron one last time then direct his attention to the NFL draft

For Lee Evans, the Music City Bowl is his last chance to shine as a Badger. The senior wideout may not like the country music Nashville is famous for, but he does like the idea of playing on Sundays next fall and Wednesday's game against Auburn is his chance to light up The Coliseum for one last college hoorah, while potentially enhancing his draft status.

"(I would) certainly like to see him go out with one more big bang here in the bowl game," Wisconsin receivers coach Henry Mason said.

Evans may not have a 99-yard reception or a five-touchdown performance but he will make an impact for Wisconsin, although Auburn's defense could prove troublesome for Evans and the Badgers. Auburn gave up an average 187.8 receiving yards per game this season and features a stingy defense that is rated No. 19 in the country against the pass and No. 6 overall, allowing only 283.3 yards per game. Auburn will have one new face in its secondary for Wednesday's game—redshirt freshman cornerback Montavis Pitts, will start after playing as a reserve corner and top special teams performer throughout the year. He has 13 tackles and two pass breakups this season.

"We are going against a pretty good secondary," Mason said. "I'm not going to make any predictions (on Evans' performance)."

The Badgers have a solid running game, especially with junior tailback Anthony Davis healthy, but will also look to Evans and the rest of the receivers to come up big.

"Obviously, we're going to establish the run and we've got to hit our shots when we take them in the ballgame," Evans said.

The Music City Bowl is meaningful for all of the seniors; for Evans, in addition to his final collegiate game, it is yet another audition for the NFL draft. After he returns from Nashville, he will devoutly prepare for the NFL Combine, following regiments designed to build his strength and speed.

"Right now, I'm just trying to be as healthy as I can," Evans said. "When we come back here and start training and getting ready specifically for when we go to the Combine, I'll at least have a good base to start with.

"I've done a lot of good things and I'm happy with the progress that I have made but right now it's only starting and I've got to be able to pick it up and get a lot better and a lot stronger, faster in these coming weeks."

Mason has other wishes for Evans after the bowl game.

"I want him, bottom line is when he steps off that field down in Nashville, game is over, it is like mission accomplished for him as far as all the reasons why he came to Wisconsin, all the reasons why he stayed around when he could have been a high draft pick a couple years ago," Mason said. "We want him to feel like it was all worth it and that he is glad for the experience."

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