Tight end Paul Evans could have gone a lot of places to play college football. But five years ago, he chose Robert Morris.
â€œI was all over the place,â€ he said. â€œI took visits to Lafayette, Holy Cross, Amherst, I was going to go out to Albany but we had weather problems or something like that.â€
Evans said he chose Robert Morris because he loved the campus and really liked the coaching staff and the guys that showed him around the school.
The 6-foot-4, 235 pound Evans is from Elma, New York and played football at Iroquois Central High School. Evans said he plans on attending medical school after finishing up his fifth year at Robert Morris. His tenure makes him one of the more experienced players on the team. With so many years in the system, Evans said he considers himself a leader on the team and tries to set an example for the younger guys.
â€œThe guys need someone who will continually keep working, (who) goes out every day at practice, and doesnâ€™t look at themselves as being better than anyone else,â€ he said.
Evans can almost always be seen catching balls from the Jugs machine once practice has ended and other teammates are heading into the locker room. Before he leaves, Evans said that he would like to help out the younger guys on the team learn the entire offense and work on technique issues.
Most tight ends consider themselves in the mold of a pass catcher or run blocker, but not Evans.
â€œI am really whatever the team needs me to do; itâ€™s really whatever they need,â€ he said.
Evans said he started playing football when he was seven or eight years old and has a love for all aspects of the game.
â€œI just love to play the game. I love being out on the field, being out there with the guys,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™re like my family out there.â€
Although the team has struggled through much of the season and faces another tough task with Duquesne this Saturday, Evans knows the team still has to prepare rather than give up on the season. Evans thinks this team can finish strong if they keep practicing hard and trust the coaches and the game plan formulated.
Evans has been banged up throughout the year, including a thigh injury that kept him out of the loss to Wagner, but thinks heâ€™ll be ready to go for Saturday.