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Oklahoma football: Why Tyler Evans' third senior season could be a charm

TYLER EVANS — He arrived in Norman with recruits like Ronnell Lewis, Demontre Hurst and Gabe Ikard. That was 2009 and most of them are long gone. Injuries have kept Evans out and around. In his sixth season, Evans is out to regain his starting spot on the offensive line.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 8, 2014

NORMAN — Even with an early wake-up call looming, Tyler Evans didn’t get much sleep.

Evans was excited and nervous and anxious and ready to go for his first preseason football practice in nearly two years.

With 29 starts under his belt, Evans is Oklahoma’s most experienced offensive lineman. The night of July 30, he felt like a rookie.

“It was like Christmas,” Evans said. “I was talking to my wife. It was probably at least one o’clock. I was like, ‘I’m so excited to get back out there. I wonder what the first day is going to hold for me.’”

His two previous seasons ended before they began, cut short due by torn anterior cruciate ligaments.

The recruiting class of 2009 he came to Norman with — guys like Ronnell Lewis and Jamarkus MacFarland, Javon Harris and Demontre Hurst, Gabes Ikard and Lynn — are gone. Most are long gone.

His first senior season ended with a right ACL tear during preseason camp. His second didn’t make it that far. Evans re-tore the knee ligament in 2013 spring practice.

For two months, Evans thought his football career might be over. Even when he decided to give it another try, he wasn’t sure.

“When I started winter workouts, I was just doing mobility stuff,” Evans said. “I was like, ‘This actually feels kind of good. Maybe I have a chance to come back.’ Then I went through summer workouts and I was like, ‘I’m gonna get back out there and ride that horse again.’ ”

No one can understand Evans’ comeback experience better than his new bride.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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