“Hey,” Sumlin thought, “we've got something here.”
Did they ever.
Evans caught 75 passes for 1,022 yards this fall. His receptions are second-most in a season in school history while his yards are third-most. He has a change to break both school records against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
“I feel like whenever we need to go to a guy and whenever we need to make a play, Mike Evans is the guy you go to because he's so big,” Manziel said. “He's so physical, and he does a great job at getting open.”
What's more, Evans played hurt all season, and the last month-plus of the season, a nagging leg injury limited him to only practice on Thursdays.
But he didn't miss a Saturday.
“It was pretty frustrating,” Evans said. “It held me back some, but I played through it.”
Sumlin said, “For a freshman to do that and perform the way he performed in games ... shows a lot.”