The former Natasha Kelley endured four major injuries — including a torn ACL — in five years as an OU gymnast. For two seasons, she competed with the injury.
A torn Achilles tendon prior to her senior season in 2012 ended her career.
The couple married in June.
“All you can really do is get out there and just roll with it,” Natasha told Tyler the night before practice began. “Leave it out there on the field this year.”
With Bronson Irwin’s departure, Evans has a chance to regain his starting spot. In 2011, he started all 13 games at right guard. The year before, he started the last 10 at the spot.
“He was a hell of a player,” Sooners offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said. “It’s so hard to say what’s going to happen.
“He’s obviously going to be rusty but I think he’ll pick up and do a good job for us.”
As they are with several offensive linemen coming off injuries, coaches are easing Evans back into practices. So far, so good though.
He says he feels 100 percent.
And on the first play of practice, a teammate said the 6-foot-5, 339-pound Evans drove a defender back 20 yards.
“I was all amped up. I took somebody and just drove them,” said Evans, who claims the 20-yard figure was slightly exaggerated.
“The next day, I pancaked a guy. That had been building up.”