Michigan football RB Chris Evans will pass on extra year, set to pursue NFL career

Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press
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Chris Evans is set to open a new chapter in his football life.

The Michigan football running back is expected to turn pro instead of using the extra year of eligibility the NCAA granted to all players before this season, the Free Press has learned.

"I think for Chris it was a no-brainer," a source close to Evans said. "Obviously at that position you have a short shelf life and I think the has the skills to succeed."

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A fifth-year senior, Evans returned to the Wolverines after he was removed from the program for an undisclosed reason in February 2019 and was barred from playing that year. Evans hinted that academic issues caused his suspension.

In spite of that, Evans received a preliminary Day 2 draft grade from National Football Scouting Service, which is used by 21 clubs around the league. The favorable evaluation, which was made this past offseason, was linked to Evans' potential.

Michigan running back Chris Evans runs against Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. during the first half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.
Michigan running back Chris Evans runs against Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. during the first half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.

But as Michigan stumbled through an abridged schedule with a 2-4 record, Evans never received many opportunities. He produced 73 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries while only being deployed on 93 offensive snaps.

“Life is all about patience," Evans said in September. "You’ve got to be patient. Things will come to you. If you keep working hard and trust in the process, everything will come together.”

The former four-star recruit from Indianapolis burst on the scene in 2016, finishing second on the team in rushing yards as a freshman. As a sophomore, he continued to show promise while netting 842 all-purpose yards and earning an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection. But Evans' impact gradually dissipated thereafter.

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