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15 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Randall Evans

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In which BracketCat counts down the 15th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive back Randall Evans.

Meet Randall Evans, the secret 12th starter on defense and the key to the defensive backfield in 2014.
Meet Randall Evans, the secret 12th starter on defense and the key to the defensive backfield in 2014.
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RandallEvans

#15 Randall Evans
Redshirt Senior
6-0 | 190
Miami, Fla.

Bio

Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Randall Lemont Evans (b. Dec. 26, 1991) is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to his sophomore campaign, in which he saw significant time as a fifth defensive back, and will look to push for more starting duties.

Evans is the team's active career leading tackler with 146 stops during the last two years, in which he has played in all 26 games with 18 starts. He also was voted a player representative for the 2014 season.

He redshirted in 2010 and, in 2011, he recorded 11 tackles, including seven solo stops. Five of his tackles came against Kansas, while he had two stops against Iowa State.

Evans saw action in 13 games in 2012, including seven starts. He ranked third on the team in total tackles with 76.

He registered a career-high nine tackles at Iowa State, then matched that effort at West Virginia when he also tipped a pass that led to Geno Smith's first interception of the season, courtesy of one Arthur Brown.

Evans came away with eight tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against Texas Tech. He then had seven stops and two pass breakups against Oklahoma State.

Evans also had seven tackles, including a sack, forced a fumble and batted away one pass against Texas. He carded six tackles against Oklahoma and Oregon, while he had five against Miami and Baylor.

That disastrous game in Waco also saw Evans collect his first career interception from the Bears at the 1-yard line.

In 2013, Evans made 11 starts as the permanent nickelback, finishing sixth on the team with 59 tackles.

Evans paced the squad with 14 passes defended, which tied for sixth in the Big 12, while 10 of those came in Big 12 play to tie for fifth in the league.

He recorded a career-high 10 tackles to go along with an interception and a pass breakup at Texas Tech, and also picked off a pass against Oklahoma and carded his first-career sack against TCU.

I project Evans, who earned Midseason All-Big 12 accolades from Phil Steele, to continue starting at nickel in 2014.

Evans came here with high credentials, having collected 115 total tackles and eight interceptions in his final two high school seasons. As a high school junior, Evans once ran a 200-meter race in 23.46 seconds.

Minor trivia: When Evans first came to K-State, he was dating Michael Beasley's sister. Now he's one of the top three returning seniors on defense, and whether at cornerback or safety, he is a sure lock to start every game if healthy.