Friday, February 19, 2010
What's Next For Mitchell Evans?
Mitchell Evans, Indiana’s Football Mr. Versatile, is heading to safety. Yes, the guy who has already played every position except center (could that be next?) is looking to make impact on defense, where IU needs it most.
Okay, a cynic might say IU most needs help in basketball right now, but do you really want to by cynical right now?
First, though, Evans has to get healthy from hip surgery. He won’t practice in the spring, but should be ready to go for next season.
Last year Evans was everywhere. He was the Hoosiers’ Wildcat offense specialist. He rushed for 131 yards (averaging 4.0 yards a carry). He completed 3 of 7 passes for 21 yards. He caught 33 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns. He punted once for eight yards (okay, maybe he’s not much of a punter). He also recorded eight tackles.
As of right now there will be two other position changes -- receiver Matt Ernest is going to cornerback and safety Shane Covington is moving to tailback.
Ernest, who had seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown last season, is a busy guy. He also plays baseball and is with the baseball team on its trip to San Diego.
“Matt has done really well in his conditioning,” coach Bill Lynch said. “He has developed into quite an athlete. I know (IU baseball coach Tracy Smith) has been happy with him, but now he has to see how he does against live pitching.”
As far as Covington, Lynch said, “Shane has developed. He’s a physically strong guy.”