Rivals.com released an article predicting ten breakout college football players for the 2017 season. Chris Evans, a sophomore tailback who is expected to be Michigan’s starter, was tabbed for a potential big year:
The skinny: Michigan State and Purdue were considered the leaders for Evans, until a visit to Ann Arbor quickly put Michigan in the lead. Only a couple of weeks later he committed to the Wolverines in June. While Michigan lost a majority of its skill offensive players from last year’s team, Evans returns as its leading rusher. Rushing for 614 yards on only 88 carries last season as a true freshman, Evans will likely be relied on to carry the offense at times this season, while many of the new pieces in the Michigan offense adjust to the college game.
Farrell’s take: Evans was a three-star athlete out of high school because he could do so many things and potentially play running back, wide receiver or defensive back. He’s found his home in the Michigan offense, beating out some more highly regarded players last season and, with Jim Harbaugh’s mix of run and pass, he should put up bigger