- 6' 0
- 220 lbs.
- High School/Other
- Warren Central
- Indianapolis, Ind.
A bruising runner who returned to the Tech tailback fold after missing all last season with a knee injury … Leads the Hokies with 817 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns … Was named MVP of Tech’s win over Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl … Shares the load of carries with Ryan Williams and David Williams selflessly.
2010: Got three carries for 12 yards against Boise State in his first action since the 2008 season … Gained 91 yards on just 10 carries against East Carolina … Scored on a 7-yard run … Scored the Hokies’ lone TD in the win at BC … Averaged 10.7 yards a carry at NC State, picking up 160 yards on 15 carries and rushing for two TDs … Had a 6-yard TD run against Central Michigan … Rushed for three touchdowns in the win over Wake Forest … Scored on a 2-yard run in the Duke game … Picked up 68 yards on 15 carries against Georgia Tech and caught a 7-yard pass … Rushed for 90 yards on 14 carries at UNC … Gained 73 yards on 14 carries against Miami … Picked up 70 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in the Virginia game and caught a 17-yard pass … Broke a 51-yard run against FSU in the ACC title game and followed it with a 9-yard touchdown burst.
2009: Suffered a non-contact knee injury during preseason practice on Aug. 11 … Underwent surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee on Aug. 14 … Missed the entire season … Participated in most of winter strength and conditioning workouts … Turned in a 390-pound bench press and a 410-pound front squat on the way to Iron Hokie honors … Participated in full contact during spring practice … Rushed for two touchdowns in one spring scrimmage and one in another.
2008: Played in every game, starting nine … His 287 carries were the second-highest season total for a Tech player … Gained 1,265 yards and scored 11 touchdowns … Also had 17 pass receptions for 117 yards … Carried the ball 12 times for 37 yards in the opening game with ECU … Also caught a pass for 6 yards and scored on a 3-yard run … Picked up 72 yards on 11 rushes against Furman, adding another 3-yard TD run … Gained 94 yards on 19 carries against Georgia Tech and scored a touchdown for the third straight game, this time from 8 yards out … Earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors … Rushed 14 times for 61 yards at UNC, scoring on a 10-yard run … Also caught a 5-yard pass … Scored on runs of 1 and 19 yards in the win at Nebraska … Picked up 72 yards on 21 carries … Added two more TDs on short runs against WKU and finished with 79 yards rushing on 21 carries … Moved into the starting lineup at BC but was held to 27 yards and did not score a touchdown … Ran for 77 yards on 15 carries at FSU … Exploded for a school record 253 yards on the ground against Maryland, scoring a TD and posting runs of 50 and 45 yards along the way … Added two receptions for 20 more yards … Was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his performance … Ran for 43 yards on 17 carries at Miami and caught three passes for 33 yards … Picked up 111 yards rushing on 24 carries against Duke and added three pass receptions for 16 yards … Carried the ball 25 times for 72 yards against Virginia and added a 7-yard pass reception … Rushed 31 times for 114 yards and a touchdown in Tech’s win over BC in the ACC title game … Also had 22 yards on three pass receptions in that game … Tied a Tech bowl record with 153 rushing yards in the Orange Bowl against Cincinnati … Earned game MVP honors for his performance … During off-season testing, his 440-pound front squat was tops among the running backs … Rushed three times for 28 yards during the Hokies’ first spring scrimmage work … Had a touchdown in a short yardage situation and an 11-yard pass reception in the final scrimmage … Suffered a groin strain during that workout and sat out the Maroon-White game.
2007: Redshirted during the fall … An Iron Hokie during winter workouts … Rushed for 54 yards on eight carries during the 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 … VotedThe 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 ... Is married to the former Taneesha Lange.