It’s funny to watch Evan Engram’s response to the first question in the video. Watch the smile spread across his face.
It was clear that Ole Miss needed help at tight end last season, but Engram, a three-star recruit from Powder Springs, Ga., didn’t have the buzz of many freshmen in the 2013 signing class.
That said, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was adamant the day before August practice started that he was going to have to get Engram ready to play.
Engram said he knew Ole Miss was “weak at the tight end position” relative to the ability to stretch the field.
Engram understood that as his role and didn’t disappoint, showing his athleticism from the get-go with five catches for 61 yards in the season opener at Vanderbilt. For one of those catches he leaped high on a crossing route to haul in a pass that was thrown behind him.
He appeared in seven games with five starts before a sprained ankle cut short his season. It was a very different team down the stretch when Engram was not available.
“I could have told you that the week after he got hurt,” offensive coordinator Dan Werner said. “He’s a player. He can do so many things. We’ve got things down in the red zone where we’re going to get him singled up on linebackers. It just makes it really tough on the defense.”
Engram finished with 20 catches for 265 yards and three touchdowns. That was enough for Associated Press voters to place him on their All-SEC second team.
Engram and fellow 2013 freshman Laremy Tunsil were the first Ole Miss freshmen in school history to make the All-SEC team.