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Josh Evans

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Height
6' 2"
CLASS
FR
Hometown
Irvington, N.J.
Weight
185 lbs.
Experience
SQ
School
Irvington
Josh Evans

CAREER:

Defensive back who appeared in 47 games (24 starts at safety) and recorded 154 tackles…Also competed with the UF track team during the spring indoor season in 2010.

 

2012:

Started all 13 games at safety…Led the team in tackles on the season with 79, including 2.5 sacks and 4.5 TFL…Tallied five or more tackles in 12 of 13 games…Led the team in tackles four times (Texas A&M, South Carolina, Missouri and Louisiana)…Closed his collegiate career with four tackles and an interception in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville…Had seven tackles against Jacksonville State, including 1.5 TFL…Recorded a career-high 12 tackles against Missouri and had his second interception of the season against the Tigers in the end zone to preserve the Gators’ victory…Grabbed his first interception of the season against Georgia…Tallied sacks against LSU and Vanderbilt.

 

2011:

Saw action in all 13 games, making eight starts…Finished the season with 51 tackles, fifth-most on the team… Tallied five tackles, a sack and recovered a fumble in UF’s Gator Bowl victory over Ohio State…Made a career-best and team-leading 11 tackles at South Carolina…Registered a TFL at Auburn…Grabbed his second-career interception against Tennessee.

 

2010:

Appeared in all 13 games, starting the first three games of his career…Started on the kickoff return unit all season…Started the third game of his career and season in the 2011 Outback Bowl triumph against Penn State, collecting four tackles…Notched his first-career interception in the road win at Vanderbilt, returning it 36 yards… Registered two tackles against Alabama…Saw time on defense and special teams in the triumph vs. Kentucky, tallying three tackles…Made his second-career start in the win over USF, tallying one tackle…Made his first career start and collected two tackles against Miami University…Graded out as a Champion vs. Miami University.

 

2009:

Totaled six tackles, including four solo, as a true freshman playing special teams and backing up at safety…Recorded one tackle in the Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati…Had two tackles in the regular-season finale vs. FSU…Collected his first career tackle against Troy.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

Rushed for 1,403 yards and 14 touchdowns and completed 123 of 190 pass attempts for 1,856 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career at Irvington…Also recorded 78 tackles and seven interceptions on defense during his senior year…Named the Star-Ledger Essex County Player of the Year and a was a first-team all-state selection as a senior…Led his high school track team to the Group 3 Track co-state championship title competing in hurdles, relay and high jump…Chose Florida over Oklahoma, Pittsburgh and Purdue…Coached by Darnell Grant.

 

EVANS’ CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 12 (Missouri, 2012)

QB Sacks: 1.0 (2x, last Vanderbilt, 2012)

Forced Fumbles: None

Fumble Recovery: 1 (Ohio State, 2012)

Interceptions: 1 (5x, last Louisville, 2012)

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year

UT-AT

TT

TFL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

2009

4-2

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

10-4

14

0

0

0

0

0

1

2011

38-13

51

2.5

1.0

0

1

1

1

2012

49-34

83

4.5

2.5

0

0

3

3

Totals:

101-53

154

7.0

3.5

0

1

4

5

 

What they’re saying…

 “Josh is a tough young man. He’s a guy that will throw his eyes in there all the time.” (11/8/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“He’s just a better overall football player. He’s a better safety. He’s a better person. He’s a better everything. He just worked to develop his craft. He’s gotten a lot better.” (11/8/12)
Lerentee McCray, UF linebacker

 

“He has matured into one of those smart, physical SEC safeties that can dominate a game.” (10/7/12)
Lenn Robbins, New York Post

 

“Josh Shaw is a perfect example; Josh Evans is a perfect example of guys that were really not very good players in the spring and all of the sudden, after full weeks of learning how to practice and how to do it our way, we are seein

a completely different player. Those two guys I just mentioned, I called them up at the end of practice, because they look different. They do not just sit in the back of the line and look unsure of how to do a certain drill. They are going and you can see the development in the last few days.” (8/10/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

“He has tremendous speed and he has the skill to go along with it. I’ve had guys as fast and as skilled but never one with the speed and the skill at the same time. He does everything. He’s the most complete player we’ve had.” (2/17/09)

Darnell Grant, Irvington High School Head Coach

 

"He's a very dynamic athlete. He's the fourth fastest hurdler in the country. He just broke the state record in the 55 high hurdles. He was a guy we saw as a junior and thought he was a tremendous player. He will probably start at corner because he is a great size at corner and see how he functions there. We are excited about him for sure."

Chuck Heater, former UF Safeties Coach

 

 

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