Evans still filling a variety of roles

Deontay Evans made a career-high 10 tackles during the 2014 Orange Bowl. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Deontay Evans made a career-high 10 tackles during the 2014 Orange Bowl. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In high school, Deontay Evans rarely left the field.

The former McComb standout starred at running back, quarterback, slot and split receiver and inside and outside linebacker.

Although Evans still plays a variety of roles on special teams, he can finally focus on one position on defense at Mississippi State.

“It’s really good when you get to college and can focus on your technique at that one spot,” Evans said.

The 5-foot-10, 204-pounder has three career starts at safety and has played in 28 games for the Bulldogs over the last three years. Evans earned one start as a redshirt freshman and two last year. One of his starts came in the Orange Bowl due to an injury to Kendrick Market. Evans finished that contest with a career-high 10 tackles.

“I’ve been getting nothing but looks with the first team since Kendrick went out,” Evans said. “It has really helped my game and elevated it a lot.”

Evans has stacked up 60 career tackles including one for loss, four pass deflections and forced a fumble. He has made seven stops and broke up a pass already this season.

“I got out there a lot against USM and played a significant amount of reps,” Evans said.

Evans maintains positions on the punt, punt return and kickoff teams as well.

“Even when he was recruiting us, coach (Dan) Mullen was talking to us about special teams,” Evans said. “That’s something he takes a lot of pride in. I know he wants me to be one of those guys that plays a lot of defense and on special teams. I try to take advantage of those roles.”

Evans was a three-star prospect in high school picking up offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Ole Miss and UAB in the process. But it did not take long for him to decide and became the Bulldogs’ second commitment in the 2012 class in April of his junior year.

“I’ve been very happy here and never regretted coming here,” Evans said. “I’ve loved everything that I’ve done. It’s very family oriented around here and coach Mullen loves us to death. I made the right decision coming here.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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