Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Crimson Countdown: OL Tyler Evans
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.
From No. 1 Kendal Thompson to No. 99 Chaz Nelson, SoonerNation is evaluating the Oklahoma roster numerically. View the entire Crimson Countdown series.
Impact thus far: Evans has made a significant impact on the program during his time in Norman. Injuries have crippled the final couple of seasons at OU, but he was a core contributor before suffering a torn ACL right before the 2012 season. He re-injured his knee this spring, leaving his status in doubt. He has started 29 of 38 career games, including 23 consectutive starts before his injuries.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Evans gets healthy and stays healthy. There should be no expectations for Evans to make an impact on the Sooners, but if he tries to return and succeeds, he would be a terrific veteran presence to add into the mix at guard as the season progresses.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Nobody would blame Evans if he decides to hang up his cleats after such a disappointing 12-month span. At this time last year he was poised to anchor OU’s offensive line and leave Norman as a three-year starter. Now he’s coming off two serious knee injuries with a lot of work to be done to see the field this fall.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Evans: A+. He started four games as a true freshman and was a main contributor along the offensive line since he stepped on campus. A terrific evaluation by the Sooners.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Evans: A. Evans started making an impact immediately as a true freshman and was ready to handle a larger role as a sophomore.