Look for Running Back Zach Evans to Make an Impact for the Rebels this Fall
OXFORD, Miss. — This season, the Ole Miss backfield will look quite a bit different. After losing running backs Snoop Conner and Jerrion Ealy to the NFL and Henry Parrish Jr. to the transfer portal, new faces will be asked to fill the shoes of those three talented players. One of those newcomers to watch will be Zach Evans.
Evans who joins the Rebels for the 2022 season after transferring from TCU. At 6-foot, 215 pounds he is an electric ballcarrier, possessing a rare speed and power combination.
Evans’ style of play is very similar to that of New Orleans Saints running back, Alvin Kamara. When watching his film from TCU, it is evident Evans can be an immediate impact player.
A very nice addition for an Ole Miss backfield that loses Matt Corral, Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Conner after this season.
Freshman Zach Evans was spectacular for TCU this season. He can zip by you, juke you, or just run right over you. Always falling forward for extra yardage. https://t.co/QqoyEz6PEs pic.twitter.com/pM7QxYBeKa
— Conference Commandos (@ConfCommandos) January 6, 2022
Almost every move appears effortless, and to some extent that is deceptive to defenders. His ability to accelerate and make defenders miss, coupled with the ability to lower his shoulder and fight for extra yards, will make him a force to reckoned with this upcoming season.
Out of high school, Evans was the second-ranked running back in the 2020 class and the No. 1-ranked player in Texas. He attended North Shore High School where he led his team to back-to-back state titles his junior and senior year.
In 15 games at TCU, he rushed for 1,063 yards in 146 attempts with nine touchdowns. Perhaps the most impressive thing is he averaged over seven yards a carry.
Evans, who also caught 18 passes for 206 yards in his two seasons at TCU, good for an 11.4 average yards per reception, will inevitably be a key piece for the new-look Ole Miss offense in 2022.
He’ll be wearing No. 6 this season, and you can look for him to burst on the scene when the Rebels face Troy in the season-opener on September 3rd at 3 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
(Photo credit: Josh McCoy, Ole Miss)
Nick Filipich was born and raised in Biloxi, MS. He is an Ole Miss alum with a degree in Sports and Recreation Administration. A sports junkie with a great passion for all things Ole Miss, Nick played baseball and football in high school — which is where he discovered his love for sports. He is an avid Braves and Saints fan, and in his free time enjoys spending time with family, friends and his black lab, Dixie.