Five offers for Evans

Winning the field position battle can mean the difference between a win and a loss, so having an explosive return man is a nice luxury to have. Laney RB Troy Evans (5-9, 205) was named an All-American for his efforts as a returner in 2007 and he's already got five offers to his name and plenty of other schools looking his way...

Evans prepped at Hayward High School in California where he enjoyed an All-State career. He was unable to qualify as a senior for a D-1 scholarship so he decided to head to Laney to continue his college career.

"The coaching staff was cool and it was close to home for me," Evans told recently. "I also had a couple of friends who were going to come here and play, so that is probably why I headed here."

As a freshman for Laney, Evans saw part time duty as a running back while making his biggest impact as a return man.

He averaged almost 19 yards per punt return and had two for touchdowns, including a 75-yarder. On kickoffs, Evans averaged 30 yards per return.

For his efforts on special teams he was named an All-American.

"I love being back there and having the chance to change the game," Evans admitted. "I'm explosive and it can change games because it can help you with field position. It can set up short fields for our offense."

Now Evans is prepared for a big season as both a return man and in the backfield.

"I can run well between the tackles, but I play out of the slot more," Evans said. "I worked really hard on my footwork this summer, just trying to keep my balance in the hole and exploding through it. A lot of that has to do with how your feet are."

In addition to his quickness, Evans also has a 4.45 forty time, a 36-inch vertical and a 295 pound bench.

On the recruiting front, Evans already has five offers and several other programs keeping an eye on him.

"I have offers from Arizona, Oregon, Wyoming, Hawaii and Kansas State," Evans said. "All of them like me as a returner and as a slot-back or a running back.

"Colorado State, UNLV, Utah, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Utah State and a bunch of other schools are contacting me, but they haven't offered."

Evans has been hard at work in the classroom as well as on the gridiron and he'll finish up his two-year degree this December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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