Quakers#8217; style attracts Evans

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

PEDRO — There was something about the Wilmington Quakers’ passing offense that attracted Rock Hill wide receiver Kyle Evans.

Their running game.

Evans likes the Quakers offensive style that will utilize all his skills. Playing in a running-style offense at Rock Hill, Evans was an excellent downfield blocker that caught the eye of the Quakers coaching staff.

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“They still like to run out of the five-wide and they said they like the way I block downfield as a receiver. They like the fact I can do more than just catch the ball,” said Evans.

An NCAA Division III school of 1,200 students, Wilmington posted a 3-7 record last season but returns its top six wide receivers.

“They play five-wide and throw all the time,” said Evans. “They have six receivers right now, but if I work hard I think I can get some playing time as a sophomore.”

Despite his limited number of receptions in the Rock Hill running attack, Redmen head coach Todd Knipp said Evans has the ability to play in a more wide-open offense.

“Kyle’s a good athlete who runs well and has good hands. His best football is ahead of him,” said Knipp.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Evans knows he has to improve his game in order to play at the college level.

“There’s a difference in college. There’s so much more speed, so I’ll have to work on my speed,” said Evans who runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash.

After looking at several schools including Morehead State and Marshall, Evans decided on Wilmington because of its agriculture program. He wants to become an FFA teacher.

Besides having the curriculum he wants, Evans said the coaching staff puts academics ahead of athletics.

“The football coaches have all the players come to study table, even the seniors who have come all the way through the program,” said Evans.

Kyle is the son of Fred and Deane Evans of Decatur.