A young talent who figures to be in the thick of the battle for the tailback duties when practice resumes ... Got plenty of reps in the spring after redshirting during the season ... Came on strong over the two weeks of spring workouts and played well in the Maroon-White game ... A big back who is physical and tough ... Hits the hole and runs with power ... Does a good job in the passing game, but still needs some improvement in catching the ball ... Understands the system ... Came to Tech following a record-setting high school career that earned him Parade All-America honors ... Has a chance to get on the field early for the Hokies. 2007: Redshirted during the fall ... An Iron Hokie during winter workouts ... Rushed for 54 yards on eight carries during first spring scrimmage ... Also caught three passes for 15 yards ... Gained 45 yards on seven carries and grabbed a 10-yard pass in another scrimmage ... Ran nine times for 24 yards and one touchdown in the Maroon-White game ... Added two receptions for eight yards. High School: The 2006 EA SPORTS National Player of the Year ... A PARADE All-American as a running back ... An All-America and All-Midwest Region selection by PrepStar ... As a senior, rushed for 2,806 yards and a state record 61 touchdowns, the No. 4 total in U.S. prep football history ... Voted The Indianapolis Star Indiana Mr. Football his final year, earning 94 percent of the votes cast by coaches and media across the state ... As a junior, rushed for 2,148 yards and 39 touchdowns en route to earning all-state honors ... Earned Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after rushing for over 2,000 yards ... Rushed for 7,220 yards and 127 touchdowns for his career, leading his team to four Class 5A state championships ... Had 40 runs of 50 or more yards in his career ... Rated the No. 2 player in the state of Indiana and the No. 27 running back in the country by Scout ... Listed as the No. 26 running back in the country and the No. 2 player in the state of Indiana by Rivals. Personal: Darren Evans ... Born 11/9/88 in Indianapolis, IN ... Son of Darren and Shirley Evans ... Is studying sociology.