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Darrynton Evans

Running Back

#32

Experience: R

Height: 5-10

Age: 21

Weight: 203 lbs

College: Appalachian State

Biography

Career:

At NFL Combine, ranked fourth overall in RB athleticism with 4.41 40 time that was second amond RBs ... Two-time Sun Belt Championship Game MVP and MVP of the 2019 New Orleans Bowl … Two-time All-Sun Belt first team was the Sun Belt's Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 after leading the league in rushing in 2018 … Finished redshirt junior year with 2,884 rushing yards (No. 9 all-time at App State) despite being the primary running back for just 23 career games (2,540 rushing yards in those games) … Set school records for most career rushes without a fumble (482) and single-season rushes without a fumble (255 in 2019) ... Primarily a kick returner as a true freshman in 2016 who filled in as a reserve running back because of injuries, then missed 2017 recovering from an injury and began camp in 2018 as a slot receiver … Had 4,642 all-purpose yards thanks to 1,439 yards on kickoff returns and 319 yards as a receiver, plus 14 passing yards on a forward-flipped jet sweep … Scored 34 total touchdowns with 25 rushing, six receiving and a program-record three as a kick returner … Totaled 11 runs of at least 50 yards in his final two seasons … An academic all-district selection who was named the top scholar among Sun Belt football players by Street & Smith.

2019:

Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year named MVP of both the Sun Belt Championship Game and New Orleans Bowl … Scored 24 total touchdowns (18 rushing, five receiving, one on a kickoff return) to rank No. 3 nationally, tie the Sun Belt's single-season record and post the second-highest single-season total in App State history … Produced 2,064 all-purpose yards with 1,480 rushing, 198 as a receiver and 386 on kickoff returns … Joined Stanford's Christian McCaffrey (2015) and ECU's Chris Johnson (2007) as only FBS players this millennium with at least 1,400 rushing yards, five TD receptions and a kickoff return for a score in same year … Against Charlotte, became the first player this millennium to post at least 200 rushing yards (239), score three rushing touchdowns and have a kickoff return for a touchdown (45 yards) in the same game … With a grade point average of 3.34, tabbed the Sun Belt's Top Scholar by Street & Smith … Second straight 1,000-yard rushing season gave App State a 1,000-yard back for the eighth straight year … Also rushed for more than 100 yards in wins against ULM (136), Georgia State (131), Texas State (154) and UAB (157 in the bowl victory) … Had three touchdowns (one rushing, two on receptions) to help App State build a 21-0 lead in the first quarter of the Sun Belt Championship Game victory against Louisiana … Rushed for three touchdowns and 78 yards in the 34-31 win at North Carolina … Had five runs of at least 50 yards … Made watch lists for Maxwell, Doak Walker Award and Paul Hornung awards.

2018:

First-team All-Sun Belt as a redshirt sophomore with a league-leading 1,187 rushing yards (on 179 attempts for a 6.6 average) even though didn't become App State's primary back until Game 5, following a season-ending injury to Jalin Moore … At 6.6 yards per carry, third-best season average in App State history for a player with at least 150 attempts. John Hollar was at 6.8 in 1947, and Armanti Edwards averaged 6.7 per carry in 2007 ... Nine touchdowns included seven rushing, one receiving and one via a 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter of an overtime loss to open the season at Penn State. Also had a 97-yard kickoff return to set up a short touchdown run in the Sun Belt Championship Game … 1,764 all-purpose yards with 87 receiving (on 12 catches) and 490 from kickoff returns (on 15 attempts for a 32.7 average that ranked second nationally among players with at least 1.2 returns per game) … Totaled 218 all-purpose yards to become the Sun Belt Championship MVP (and hoist the MVP belt) thanks to 111 rushing yards and 107 kickoff return yards … Rushed for more than 100 yards in seven of the last nine games: (115 at Arkansas State when Moore went down with an injury in Game 5, 183 vs. Louisiana, 159 at Coastal Carolina, 127 vs. Georgia State, 108 vs. Troy, 111 vs. Louisiana in the Sun Belt title game and 108 vs. Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl) … Had a career-high 183 rushing yards with one touchdown and a 20-yard touchdown catch in the regular season win against Louisiana … As the primary back over the final nine games, rushed for 1,060 yards for an average of 11.7.8 yards per game … Led the Sun Belt at 91.3 rushing yards per game and second at 135.7 all-purpose yards per game. Against league foes, led the Sun Belt with 112.6 rushing yards and 158.4 all-purpose yards per game … Six runs of 50-plus yards (No. 3 nationally) were gains of 79 (TD at Texas State), 65 (Louisiana in regular season), 62 (New Orleans Bowl), 58 (vs. Troy), 57 (at Arkansas State) and 56 (TD vs. Georgia State). Added 48-yard run in the Sun Belt title game … When scored on the kickoff return against Penn State, it marked two straight games with a kickoff return TD going back to the Camellia Bowl to end his true freshman season in 2016. The two TDs occurred over a span of three returns.

2017:

Redshirted due to injury.

2016:

Played in the final 12 games of his true freshman season, contributing as a receiver, a threat in the kick-return game and as a backup RB (when Marcus Cox was injured) … Returned kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in the Camelia Bowl win against Toledo … Hauled in six passes for 34 yards … Rushed for 217 yards on 48 carries. Had 28 carries for 120 yards in four full games that Cox missed … Returned 25 kicks for 563 yards … Had 100-yard all-purpose games against Akron (199) and Toledo (124) … Finished with 814 all-purpose yards.

High School:

Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... Named honorable-mention 6A all-state in Florida ... First-team all-area honoree ... Rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns over his final two high school seasons despite missing six games due to injury ... Recorded 940 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in just seven games as a senior ... Had a breakout campaign as a junior in 2014, rushing for nearly 700 yards and 16 touchdowns before suffering a broken thumb that forced him to miss of the final three games of the season ... Ranked No. 25 in Orlando Sentinel 2016 Central Florida Super60 ... Team captain and two-time team MVP ... Participated in Central Florida East-West All-Star game ... Honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society ... Coached by Kevin Hubbard ... Chose Appalachian State over Georgia Southern, Georgia State, ULM, Air Force, Army West Point, USF, Old Dominion, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Massachusetts and Western Michigan.

Personal:

Full name is Darrynton L.A. Evans … Son of Evelyn and Darry Evans … Has three siblings: Darryl II, Kristen and Dasmine … Plans to major in business and be a coach after graduation … Enjoys playing the FIFA video game, solving rubix cubes and producing music in his spare time.

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