Caleb Evans
Evans before a Redblacks game in 2021.
No. 5 – Ottawa Redblacks
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1998-07-16) July 16, 1998 (age 23)
Mansfield, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Mansfield High School
Bishop Dunne Catholic School
College:Louisiana–Monroe
Undrafted:2020
Career history
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Player stats at CFL.ca

Caleb Evans (born July 16, 1998) is a professional gridiron football quarterback for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Louisiana–Monroe.

High school career

Evans played football at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas before transferring to play his final two seasons at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, Texas.[1]

College career

Evans played college football for the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Monroe, Louisiana. He played in 43 games for the Warhawks from 2016 to 2019 where he threw for 9,513 yards with 58 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.[1]

Professional career

Ottawa Redblacks

Evans was not selected in the 2020 NFL Draft and remained unsigned until December 14, 2020 when he agreed to a contract with the Ottawa Redblacks.[2] Evans began the season on the practice roster, but was named the starting quarterback for the team's Week 9 match against the Edmonton Elks with veterans Matt Nichols and Dominique Davis both being placed on injured reserve.[3] Evans played surprisingly well in his first appearance in the CFL, completing 15 of 22 passes for 191 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, leading Ottawa to their second win of the season.[4] In his second career start, Evans threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns in the third quarter as the Redblacks were defeated 35-16.[5] Over the subsequent weeks Evans's performances continued to decline, including being benched in the team's Week 11 loss to the Alouettes.[6] Nevertheless, head coach Paul LaPolice announced Evans would be the team's starting quarterback in Week 12 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[7] Evans continued to start for the Redblacks until Week 14 when it was announced that former NFL quarterback Devlin Hodges would make his CFL debut.[8] Evans finished the season with 108 completed passes for 1,279 yards with five touchdown passes and nine interceptions. The Redblacks finished the season with only three wins, finishing last in the East division, missing the playoffs in the process.

Professional statistics

Season League Team Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Comp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd./Att. TD Int. Rate Att. Yds. Yd./Att. TD
2021 CFL OTT 8 7 108 182 59.3 1,279 7.01 5 9 69.4 42 345 8.21 3

Personal life

Evans was born in Mansfield, Texas to parents Efrem and Kim Evans.[9] He has eight siblings, including Jerod Evans, who played quarterback for the Virginia Tech Hokies, and Lance Evans, who played wide receiver for the Texas A&M–Commerce Lions.[9][1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Caleb Evans". Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Redblacks add eight players to their roster". Ottawa Redblacks. December 14, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ Press, The Canadian (September 28, 2021). "Ottawa Redblacks Quarterback Caleb Evans Edmonton Elks - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "2021-09-28 Game Tracker - Edmonton Elks vs. Ottawa Redblacks (6165)". CFL.ca. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "2021-10-06 Game Tracker - Ottawa Redblacks vs. Toronto Argonauts (6169)". CFL.ca. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "2021-10-16 Game Tracker - Montreal Alouettes vs. Ottawa Redblacks (6175)". CFL.ca. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  7. ^ TSN ca Staff (October 18, 2021). "Ottawa Redblacks Caleb Evans benching Paul LaPolice - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  8. ^ "Quack Attack: Redblacks name Devlin 'Duck' Hodges starting QB vs. Argos | 3DownNation". Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "The Unfinished Story of Jerod Evans". Sports Illustrated. June 4, 2020.