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Evans received the team's 2010 Pete Schmidt "Team Above Self" Award. He played quarterback, safety and wide receiver during his career. Evans played safety as a freshman and senior in 2007 and 2010, respectively, and moved to wide receiver as a sophomore and junior, with some snaps at quarterback mixed in. Defensively, he concluded his career with 91 tackles, 57 solo, to go along with five interceptions (53 yards), one tackle for loss, eight pass defended and three passes broken up. Offensively, Evans caught 42 balls for 495 yards with three scores. He rushed 42 times for 169 yards and one touchdown and completed 5-of-14 for 58 yards and one TD. Evans netted 717 all-purpose yards in 49 career games (17 starts).
2010 (Senior): Moved from wide receiver to safety during spring practice ... started all 12 games at strong safety ... tied for third on the team with 69 tackles and finished third with 42 solos ... added three interceptions, one tackle for loss, five passes defended and two pass breakups ... three INTs tied for the third most in the Big Ten ... recorded two 10-plus tackle games and six with at least seven stops ... posted a career-high 13 tackles, six solo, against No. 15 Iowa ... notched 10 stops, eight solo, vs. Penn State ... picked off a pass in the season-opening win over Towson and added seven tackles, six solo ... made two interceptions for the second time in career as Hoosiers defeated Arkansas State ... had seven tackles apiece in win at Western Kentucky (half-tackle for loss, one pass breakup), at No. 2 Ohio State (half-TFL) and at No. 6 Wisconsin ... voted a game captain three times ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2009 (Junior): Appeared in all 12 games and started twice at wide receiver ... also served as the team's quarterback in the Wildcat formation ... ranked fourth on the team with 33 catches for 366 yards and third with three touchdowns and 11.1 yards per reception ... took 69 snaps in the Wildcat and rushed for 131 yards on 32 attempts (4.1 average) and was 3-of-7 for 21 yards ... finished the year with 151 overall rushing yards on 33 carries (4.6) ... took double-digit snaps in the Wildcat four times ... responsible for seven 20-plus yard plays (five receptions, two rushes) ... also made eight tackles, six solo, on special teams and kicked a pooch punt, which hit an Illinois player and was recovered by Indiana ... in addition to the punt, rushed for a career-best 84 yards on nine carries (9.3), with a career-long rush of 31 yards, caught three balls for 17 yards and threw two passes in the victory ... set career highs with 10 receptions for 112 yards to go along with a touchdown against Purdue ... earned the Terry P. Cole "Impact Player" Award as the team's most outstanding player in the Old Oaken Bucket game ... became first Hoosier since James Hardy in 2007 to record 10 catches in a game ... made four receptions for 43 yards, including first career touchdown, in win at Akron ... also completed two passes for 12 yards against the Zips ... hauled in a pair of catches for 31 yards and rushed six times for 35 yards in win over Western Michigan ... voted a game captain three times ... three-time IU special teams player of the week and a member of the team's One-Play Warrior Club (special teams players of the year) ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2008 (Sophomore): Opened preseason camp at quarterback before moving to wide receiver ... moved from safety to quarterback in spring practice ... played in all 12 games at wide receiver, quarterback (three games) and on special teams ... caught nine balls for 129 yards, threw for 37 yards with one TD and rushed for 26 yards with a score ... made first career reception against Murray State and finished the game with 19 yards and two catches ... lined up behind center for first time against Central Michigan and rushed twice, including a 14-yard TD ... ended the CMU game with three rushes for 25 yards and one reception for 15 yards ... played nearly the entire second half at quarterback vs. Wisconsin and completed one pass for nine yards ... also played in relief at No. 7 Penn State ... caught one pass for 18 yards and threw a 28-yard TD pass on an end-around in the team's victory over No. 22 (BCS) Northwestern ... marked the first TD throw by a wideout since Sept 26, 1998, when O.J. Conner hit Antwaan Randle El on a 51-yard score vs. Cincinnati ... six-time Hoosier special teams player of the week ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2007 (Freshman): Opened preseason camp at quarterback before moving to safety ... one of two true freshmen to play in 2007 ... appeared in all 13 games at safety and on special teams ... finished the year with 13 tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup ... collected the first two interceptions of career at Western Michigan ... became the first true freshman since Tracy Porter (2004 vs. Central Michigan) to record two interceptions in a game ... earned the first start of career the following weekend against Akron ... made two solo tackles in collegiate debut against Indiana State ... tallied three tackles against Michigan State ... posted a pair of tackles at Northwestern ... made a crucial play on special teams against Purdue, picking up a blocked punt and rushing 12 yards for a first down.
Prep/Personal: Quarterback and safety for head coach Bret Pearce ... as a junior and senior, earned first team Division IV All-State, all-district and All-SWBL honors ... named the District III-IV Offensive Player of the Year by the Dayton Daily News and the SWBL Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 ... finished career with 4,748 passing yards and 2,014 rushing yards ... threw for 1,525 yards and rushed for 1,446 yards as a senior on the heels of 1,990 passing yards with 20 touchdowns ... had 67 tackles and six interceptions in 2005 ... two-year captain set 48 Milton Union records, including most rushing and passing yards ... earned four letters in football, basketball and baseball ... parents are Tom and Jane Evans ... born on Jan. 6, 1989, Mitchell Ryan Evans is a fitness specialist major.
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