When Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is on the field, he is one of the most explosive football players in the league. His game-to-game statistics may be a bit inconsistent at times, but catching passes from Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston, and Tom Brady has done wonders for his career numbers.
Mike Evans in High School
— Sports Chatter (@SprtsChttr) June 21, 2017
Evans attended Ball High School in Galveston, Texas. He was the best athlete on the court night after night, and this highlight reel proves his dominance. In three years on varsity, he averaged 15.3 points per game and was named to his district's second team.
While on the football team, Evans started to display some of the traits that he would eventually become known for: strength, speed, and the ability to burn cornerbacks at will.
During his senior year at Ball, he caught 24 passes and had a ridiculous 580 receiving yards to go along with six touchdowns. Evans was also utilized as a running back in certain formations.
WR Mike Evans at Texas A&M
Mike Evans may have only played two seasons in College Station, but he certainly made his mark.
Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 2013 pic.twitter.com/jvEFsIMBYi
— College Teammates (@NCAATeammates) November 21, 2018
In 2013, Evans would perform even better: he scored 12 touchdowns, set the school record for receiving yards in a single game (287 against Auburn), and earned First-Team All-American and All-SEC honors.
Despite having two more years of eligibility, Evans declared for the NFL Draft and was ready to make an impact right away.
Mike Evans in the NFL
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 9, 2018
The Tampa Bay Bucs picked Evans in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Being the seventh overall pick meant that expectations were high, and Evans made the investment pay off immediately. In his rookie season, he recorded three straight games of over 100 receiving yards. He was the youngest player to do so since a relatively unknown wideout named Randy Moss.
— NFL (@NFL) November 24, 2020
Although it feels like Mike Evans has been in the league forever, he still has youth on his side. He has remained a sturdy presence in Tampa Bay for years and has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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