This was supposed to be a big year for Michigan running back Chris Evans, certainly an important one.
After missing the 2019 season due to academic issues, Evans worked hard to make his way back onto the roster and was re-instated last December. However, the Big Ten postponing the fall season has delayed Evans’ return to live game action.
The postponement of the 2020 season impacts each and every player, but the impact it has on Evans is even greater due to him not seeing the field last season. This is a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by Jim Nagy, the executive director of the Senior Bowl.
Few prospects needed this season more than @UMichFootball RB Chris Evans, who averaged 7.0 yards per carry as a true frosh in ‘16 but missed last year due to an academic issue. Evans is 216-lber with WR-like ball skills. Former teammates have told us he belongs in @seniorbowl. pic.twitter.com/QC9DzNbCev— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) August 17, 2020
“Few prospects needed this season more than @UMichFootball RB Chris Evans, who averaged 7.0 yards per carry as a true frosh in ‘16 but missed last year due to an academic issue. Evans is 216-lber with WR-like ball skills,” Nagy said on Twitter. “Former teammates have told us he belongs in @seniorbowl.”
Nagy didn’t specify which Michigan players have told him that Evans belongs in the Senior Bowl, but it’s clear his former teammates have his back. Evans has been an electric runner and pass-catching threat during his time at UM, rushing for 1,722 yards with 14 TDs along with 40 receptions for 392 yards and 2 scores.
“It’s a good story,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said in January about Evans’ return. “Stuck with it. Can be destroyed but you can’t be defeated. Only if you quit. He did not do that. Optimistic and excited about that.”
As it stands right now, the Senior Bowl will be played on January 30, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. And it sounds like if the Senior Bowl is to be played, there’s a good chance Evans will receive an invitation to it.