Colorado quar­ter­back ‘true stu­dent of the game’

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD - RICHARD DAVEN­PORT

Ju­nior quar­ter­back tar­get Ty Evans, who is be­ing re­cruited by the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs, vis­ited Fayet­teville on June 12-13 and ar­rived back in town Satur­day for a mul­ti­day visit.

Evans, 6-2, 185 pounds, of Mon­u­ment (Colo.) Palmer Ridge, re­ceived his f irst schol­ar­ship of­fer from the Hogs on May 17. He has since added of­fers from Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and North­west­ern.

Palmer Ridge Coach Tom Pul­ford is high on Evans’ po­ten­tial.

“A lot of times when you talk about po­ten­tial, some­body quickly in­fers they haven’t done any­thing yet and that’s sim­ply not the case with Ty,” Pul­ford said. “He’s al­ready pro­duced at a high level.”

Evans’ mo­bil­ity, touch and abil­ity to throw ac­cu­rately on the run helped him com­plete 197 of 328 passes for 3,130 yards and 30 touch­downs as a sopho­more while throw­ing only 5 in­ter­cep­tions.

“He led our team to the first con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in school his­tory,” Pul­ford said. “We’re a pretty young school just open­ing in 2008.”

Pul­ford has the char­ac­ter that col­lege coaches covet and the qual­i­ties Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema of­ten refers to as “un­com­mon.”

“I can say this with con­fi­dence, Ty Evans is a bet­ter hu­man be­ing than he is a quar­ter­back,” Pul­ford said. “Yeah, he has a great arm and has phe­nom­e­nal foot­work. He’s a true stu­dent of the game. He works like he’s the No. 2 quar­ter­back. He works ev­ery day like he has to come out and prove him­self and as if he hasn’t started a game yet.”

Evans’ par­ents ac­com­pa­nied him on both trips to Fayet­teville. His par­ents plan to move to the city where Evans at­tends col­lege.

Even as an un­der­class­man, he has shown ma­tu­rity be­yond his years and is looked upon as a leader of the team and helps mo­ti­vate others to push them­selves to be the best they can be, Pul­ford said.

“That level of hu­mil­ity and that level of work ethic and his level of tal­ent is a very rare com­bi­na­tion,” Pul­ford said. “It’s a very good com­bi­na­tion be­cause what it does it spurs ev­ery­body else in our pro­gram to work harder and achieve higher lev­els of suc­cess, both in­di­vid­u­ally and as a team.”

The coach also said Evans doesn’t see sum­mer work­outs as bur­den­some.

“Ty looks at it as an op­por­tu­nity to get bet­ter, and that’s con­ta­gious among his team­mates,” Pul­ford said. “Ev­ery­body plays at a higher level be­cause of his pres­ence and ev­ery­body com­petes at a higher level be­cause of his work ethic.”

Arkansas of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and quar­ter­backs coach Dan Enos vis­ited the school to watch Evans work out and dur­ing the ses­sion, Pul­ford’s son Eli helped shag balls while Pul­ford snapped the ball to Evans.

“Ty al­ways stops what he’s do­ing and says ‘Hi’ to Eli and says ‘Hi’ to my daugh­ter Natalie,” Pul­ford said. “Even in the mo­ments where Ty has an op­por­tu­nity to per­form at a high level, he still stops says ‘Hi,’ not just to my kids, but any­body’s kids around the pro­gram. He builds a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with them and knows some­thing about them.

“Even though there are bright lights shin­ing upon Ty, the light that shines within him so brighter be­cause of the way he in­ter­acts with ev­ery­body in the pro­gram, from his po­si­tion coaches down to young­sters look­ing up to him.”

Pul­ford said his son won’t have the op­por­tu­nity to be Evans’ team­mate, but he will reap the ben­e­fits of know­ing him that will im­pact him later in life.

“That’s go­ing to be a big deal for him for years to come,” Pul­ford said.

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