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Texas A&M Football Show: A Rare Breed

October 24, 2013
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A RARE BREED

Mike Evans' size, speed, strength and work ethic
make covering him a virtually impossible task

by Will Johnson '01
Texas A&M Football Show

Mike Evans is a rare breed.

At 6-5, 225 pounds, we’ve yet to find a defensive back this season that can handle him.

But there’s a lot more to him than just that height and weight--the numbers he’s putting up will prove that.

It’s not common to see a tall receiver get downfield like Evans.

“I'm not doing it for me. I'm doing it for others...for all the people who helped me get here.”

- Mike Evans

That makes it all the more entertaining.  He is averaging 23.8 yards per reception.

Against Alabama, he had 279 yards receiving. No one does this to the Crimson Tide defense.

“Mike just ran a great route,” Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel said when asked about the 95-yard touchdown pass in that game. “He’s a special player to go and dig that ball out in the last five yards and then take it to the house from there.

“You don’t see that from a lot of guys around the country.”

That day he set the school record for receiving yards in a game. That mark had stood for 48 years.

Evans broke it again, a grand total of five weeks later.

It’s getting to where there’s nothing quite like him.

“Mike, he keeps bringing it,” fellow wideout Malcome Kennedy said. “Just his energy and passion, it’s so great, man. Seeing him make plays motivates us all to be just as good.”

The numbers he’s put up would be hard for an accountant to keep tabs on.

Two of the top five receiving games in SEC history belong to Evans.

He is one of just two FBS receivers to already surpass 1,000 yards this year.

And he leads the nation in catches that have gone for 30 or more yards. That’s pretty much just the tip of the iceberg.

“The guy is, as I said at the beginning of the year, one of the best players in the country,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “He doesn’t say much, but he speaks with his actions.”

That’s exactly right. And that may be why he is more impressive than just figures.

There are no stats or scales to measure humility.

“Never take anything for granted,” Evans said. “Always realize the position you’re in and how blessed you are, and take advantage of your opportunites.”

At A&M, selfless service is deeply entrenched into the school’s foundation.  He’s got a sufficient supply of that as well.

“I’m not doing it for me. I’m doing it for others. (I’m doing it for) my family, my friends that helped me get in this position, and for all the people who helped me get here.

“So I think about them, and it keeps you level-headed.”

To catch this feature in its entirety, tune in to the Texas A&M Football Show tonight (Oct. 24) at 6:30 p.m. (CT) on the CW Aggieland and 11 p.m. (CT) on FOX Sports Southwest. Check local listings to ensure air time.


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