Louisville Football dipped into the transfer portal again today and picked up a big time running back. Tiyon Evans, a transfer from Tennessee, has chosen to continue his career with UofL.
Evans is a JUCO product that played at Hutchinson Community College in KS. This is the same school that produced star UofL linebacker Monty Montgomery. He’s originally from South Carolina. Coming out of community college, Evans was a 4 Star prospect ranked as the 3rd overall prospect and number 1 running back in the 2021 class per 247sports. He also has a connection to current UofL running backs coach De’Rail Sims who recruited him while he was the running backs coach at ECU.
While at Tennessee, Evans did battle some injury issues. However, he was able to play in seven games and was highly productive. Evans rushed 81 times for 525 yards and 6 TDs. He averaged 6.5 yards per rush and 75 yards per game. He also had 4 receptions for 74 yards and 1 TD. Evans did not fumble the football at all when he carried it.
Evans has a great mix of speed, power, and agility. He stands 5’11 and weighs 220 lbs. His running style is very reminiscent of Javian Hawkins. However, he’s obviously even bigger and more powerful. When Evans has the football in his hands, he is a true threat to take it to the house every time. That was an element that was missing from last year’s team as Jalen Mitchell is a power back, Hassan Hall had been injured, and Trevion Cooley was still getting his feet wet as a freshman. It’s expected that Evans will push for the starting spot, but he will definitely play a ton. UofL has proven it is not afraid to use multiple backs in a game.
Tiyon Evans gives Louisville a dynamic and proven playmaker in the backfield to add to the young, up-and-coming Trevion Cooley and the power of Jalen Mitchell. I expect that Evans, if healthy, will be the feature back or share duties with Cooley. Regardless, this is a huge pickup for Coach Scott Satterfield and UofL Football.