DeQuin Evans
No. 94
Position:Defensive lineman
Personal information
Born: (1987-05-17) May 17, 1987 (age 34)
Long Beach, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
College:Kentucky
Undrafted:2011
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics
Tackles:31
Quarterback sacks:5
Interceptions:0
Player stats at CFL.ca

DeQuin Lee Evans (born May 17, 1987) is an American professional Canadian football defensive lineman for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Los Angeles Harbor College and Kentucky. He is married to Nova Scotian Olympic runner Jenna Martin-Evans.[1]

Early life

Evans grew up in Compton, California; many of his friends were gang members. He spent time in Camp Kilpatrick, a juvenile detention facility.[2] While watching Gridiron Gang, a film based on Camp Kilpatrick, Evans saw his bed.[3] Later, he worked at Albertsons, bagging groceries. His cousin, Hershel Dennis, a running back at USC, was instrumental in obtaining permission for Evans sit in on classes.[1][4]

College career

Evans enrolled at Los Angeles Harbor College and played there in 2007 and 2008. He transferred to Kentucky. Childhood friend and LAHC teammate Chris Matthews also transferred to Kentucky.[3] He played for Kentucky in 2009 and 2010. He was a captain for Kentucky in 2010.

Professional career

After going undrafted in the 2011 NFL draft, Evans signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. In November 2011, Evans was suspended for four games.[5] On August 30, 2013, Evans was suspended for eight games.[6][7] Cincinnati released Evans in November 2013.

Evans signed with the Calgary Stampeders in May 2014.[8] He played in nine games (seven starts) during the 2014 campaign and was a part of the 102nd Grey Cup championship team.

He signed with the Montreal Alouettes on February 15, 2016 but suffered a torn foot tendon near the end of training camp and dressed for just five games that season.[1][9]

He signed with the BC Lions on February 16, 2017.[10]

Other media

On the November 7, 2013, episode of Impact Wrestling, Evans and Bengals teammate and former TNA World Tag Team Champion Adam Jones, were sitting front row, and got into an "altercation" with Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian), who pushed both players, leading them to jump the guardrail and bodyslam both wrestlers in the ring.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b c Zurkowsky, Herb (7 July 2017). "Inside the CFL: B.C. Lions' DeQuin Evans finds salvation in football". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Ex-Cat Evans discusses remarkable journey from juvenile detention to NFL's Bengals". Kentucky.com.
  3. ^ a b Dick Gabriel. "DeQuin Evans' Story Straight Out of Compton – and Hollywood". wkyt.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-25.
  4. ^ "Calgary Stampeders' DeQuin Evans still looking for storybook ending to interesting life". Calgary Sun.
  5. ^ "DeQuin Evans Suspended 4 Games for Violating NFL Performance Enhancement Substances Policy". Cincy Jungle.
  6. ^ "DeQuin Evans suspended eight Bengals games for PEDs". NFL.com.
  7. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals DE DeQuin Evans suspended 8 games for PED violation". SBNation.com. Vox Media.
  8. ^ "Rookie camp roster takes shape". Calgary Stampeders.
  9. ^ "Les Alouettes ajoutent DeQuin Evans à leur ligne défensive". journaldemontreal.com. February 15, 2016. Archived from the original on June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "B.C. Lions sign veterans Matt Bucknor and DeQuin Evans to CFL deals". vancouversun.com. February 16, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  11. ^ Pacman Jones hits the ring on TNA's IMPACT WRESTLING (November 7, 2013)