BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State junior running back Darrynton Evans has added appearances on the watch lists for the Paul Hornung Award and the Wuerffel Trophy to a series of preseason accolades.
Presented by Texas Roadhouse, the Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile FBS player in the country, and the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Earlier this month, Evans was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award that goes to America’s college player of the year and the Doak Walker Award that is presented to the nation’s best college running back.
Evans ranked ninth nationally in 2018 by totaling 1,764 all-purpose yards, including a league-leading 1,187 rushing yards even though he didn’t become App State’s primary back until Game 5. His nine touchdowns included a 100-yard kickoff return against Penn State and a receiving touchdown against Louisiana.
Evans averaged 6.6 yards per rush and 32.7 yards per kickoff return last season. He was one of only two players nationally with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 400-plus return yards.
Evans extended App State’s 1,000-yard rusher streak to seven consecutive years, the second-longest active streak in the nation, as a big-play threat who had six runs of 50-plus yards (No. 3 nationally) and 16 runs of 20-plus yards (No. 4 nationally). In addition to his return touchdown at Penn State, he also had a 97-yard kickoff return in the Sun Belt Championship Game.