At Monday’s press conference, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh announced the program’s intentions to reinstate running back Chris Evans following his year-long academic suspension.
Evans, who has one remaining year of eligibility, will re-enroll for the university’s winter term, which begins in January. He will begin participating in football activities immediately and will presumably own a spot on the next season’s roster. In his three-year career to date, Evans has amassed 1,722 rushing yards on 304 carries, 392 receiving yards on 40 receptions and 16 total touchdowns.
Speculation about Evans’ reinstatement began last week, when his tweet hinted at the possibility.
— Chris Evans (@Kidnplay_abc123) November 7, 2019
Given the emergence of true freshman Zach Charbonnet and redshirt freshman Hassan Haskins in the Wolverines’ backfield, Evans’ role in next season’s offense isn’t quite clear at this point. Even so, considering his speed and pass-catching abilities, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis will have no shortage of options.
Whether it be in the backfield or perhaps even the slot, Evans should be able to carve out a role for himself in 2020.