Dane Evans
Evans with the Lions in 2023
Born: (1993-11-19) November 19, 1993 (age 30)
Chickasha, Oklahoma, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Quarterback
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight218 lb (99 kg)
CollegeTulsa (2012–2016)
High schoolSanger (TX)
(Sanger, Texas)
NFL draft2017 / Undrafted
HandRight
Career history
As player
2017Philadelphia Eagles*
20172022Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2023BC Lions
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
Passing completions769
Passing attempts1,122
Passing yards9,636
TDINT49-40
Rushing touchdowns10

Stephen Dane Evans (born November 19, 1993) is an American former professional gridiron football quarterback who played for six seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and BC Lions. He played college football at Tulsa.[1]

College career

Evans with Tulsa in 2015

Evans passed for 3,102 yards as a sophomore in 2014. In 2015, he completed 305 of 485 passes for 4,332 yards and 25 touchdowns and ranked eighth among NCAA Division I FBS quarterbacks in passing yardage.[2] As a senior, he passed for 3,348 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Statistics

Teams Games Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2012 Tulsa 0 0 Redshirted
2013 Tulsa 8 5 84 195 43.1 898 4.6 4 10 78.3 24 52 2.2 1
2014 Tulsa 12 12 256 462 55.4 3,102 6.7 23 17 120.9 77 58 0.8 3
2015 Tulsa 13 13 305 485 62.9 4,332 8.9 25 8 151.6 96 −9 −0.1 2
2016 Tulsa 13 13 259 435 59.5 3,348 7.7 32 12 142.9 47 −29 −0.6 4
Career[3] 46 43 904 1,577 57.3 11,680 7.4 84 47 131.2 244 72 0.3 10

Professional career

Evans was rated the 25th best quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[4]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
5.05 s 1.74 s 2.84 s 4.41 s 7.22 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
All values from Tulsa Pro Day[4]

Philadelphia Eagles

After going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Evans signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on June 30, 2017.[5] He was waived on September 1, 2017.[6]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Evans as a member of the Tiger-Cats

On October 3, 2017, Evans was signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' practice roster.[7] On November 2, 2017, he was promoted to the active roster.[8] Evans made his first career CFL start on November 3, 2018, throwing for 315 yards in a 30–28 loss against the Montreal Alouettes.[9][10] He finished the season having played in three games, completing 26 of 42 pass attempts for 383 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

On April 9, 2019, Evans signed a contract extension with Hamilton through the 2021 season.[11] He began the season as the backup quarterback and came in relief of injured starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli in Week 7 of the 2019 season to lead the Ti-Cats to victory, moving them into first place in the league with a 5–1 record. In the following days, it was revealed that Masoli suffered a torn ACL injury and would miss the remainder of the season; thrusting Evans into the starting role.[12] Evans started 11 of the last 12 games of the season, and was named a CFL Top Performer for the month of September.[13] He finished the regular season having completed 298 passes out of 413 attempts for 3,754 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He had a 9–2 record as a starter and led the Tiger-Cats to a first place finish in the East Division.[14] In his first career playoff start, he completed 21 passes out of 36 attempts for 386 yards, including one touchdown and one interception, en route to his first playoff win and berth in the 107th Grey Cup.[15] The Tiger Cats were defeated by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the championship match.

Evans restructured his contract with the Tiger-Cats in January 2020; however the 2020 season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.[16] During the 2020 football season, Evans was hired as a graduate assistant by the University of North Texas. Evans began the 2021 season as the backup to Jeremiah Masoli, however he was named the starter for the team's Week 4 game against the Montreal Alouettes.[17] He suffered a lower-body injury partway though the team's Week 6 game against the Toronto Argonauts: On September 13, 2021, it was announced that Evans would miss four to six weeks recovering.[18] On October 19, 2021, the Ti-Cats announced that Evans had been activated from injured reserve.[19] Evans played in the second half of the final game of the season for the Ticats, securing a 24–3 win.[20] After Masoli got off to a slow start in the Eastern Final against the Argonauts Evans replaced him and completed all 16 of his pass attempts for 249 yards and a touchdown leading Hamilton to a Grey Cup berth.[21] Following the win, Ticats head coach Orlando Steinauer named Evans the starter for the 108th Grey Cup.[22] However, Evans was injured in the second quarter and was forced to leave the game, being replaced by Masoli who was ultimately defeated by the Blue Bombers in overtime.[23]

On January 12, 2022 Dane Evans signed a 2-year contract extension to remain with the Hamilton Tiger Cats.[24] Evans began the 2022 season as the starting quarterback after Jeremiah Masoli signed with the Ottawa Redblacks in free agency: Matthew Shiltz was signed to be the backup quarterback. In the middle of the season Evans battled through a shoulder injury.[25] After missing three of four games Evans returned to the starting lineup on September 17, 2022.[26] By the end of the season Evans had fallen out of favour with the management in Hamilton. In late January 2023, Hamilton signed veteran quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to a three-year contract with the expectation he will be their starting quarterback in 2023 and beyond.[27] Given his large salary, the Tiger-Cats were reluctant to retain Evans as a backup quarterback, and thus his future in Hamilton was uncertain.[28]

BC Lions

On February 23, 2023, Evans was traded to the BC Lions in exchange for a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2024 CFL Draft.[29] According to TSN insider Farhan Lalji, Evans agreed to a restructured contract to reflect the fact he will be competing for the number two quarterback role behind presumed starter Vernon Adams Jr.[30] His base salary in 2023 was reported at $94,000 and could earn up to a maximum of $151,000 if he achieves multiple incentive based bonuses.[31] In Week 6 Adams suffered a knee injury and Evans came off the bench to help the Lions secure victory over the Roughriders.[32] He was named the starting quarterback for the following week while Adams recovered.[33] He started in two games in 2023 and played in 16 regular season games, where he had 71 completions on 103 attempts for 829 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions.[34] On January 1, 2024, he announced his retirement from professional football.[35]

CFL statistics

Teams Games Passing Rushing
Season Team GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2018 HAM 18 1 26 42 61.9 383 9.1 2 2 87.7 12 34 2.8 0
2019 HAM 18 11 298 413 72.2 3,754 9.1 21 13 103.9 34 161 4.7 3
2020 HAM Season cancelled
2021 HAM 10 3 69 107 64.5 787 7.4 6 3 93.5 20 114 5.7 3
2022 HAM 17 13 305 457 66.7 3,883 8.5 16 16 92.8 59 202 3.4 4
2023 BC 16 2 71 103 68.9 829 8.0 4 6 81.7 6 30 5.0 0
Career 79 30 769 1,122 68.5 9,636 8.6 49 40 94.7 131 541 4.1 10

Personal life

Evans is of Native American ancestry, belonging to the Wichita; his great-grandmother, Doris McLemore, was the last fluent speaker of the Wichita language.[36]

References

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