BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State sophomore Darrynton Evans, who returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown at Penn State, was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
The return helped tie the game after the ninth-ranked Nittany Lions scored a touchdown on their opening drive, and App State took a fourth-quarter lead before falling 45-38 in overtime. Able to show off his 4.37 speed in the 40-yard dash, Evans finished the game with 149 all-purpose thanks to his three returns for 130 yards, two catches for 10 yards and three rushes for 9 yards.
The touchdown was App State’s first on a kickoff return since Evans scored from 94 yards out in the 2016 Camellia Bowl victory. Evans redshirted because of a leg injury in 2017, so he’s had a kickoff return for a touchdown in each of his last two games as an active player.
He’s one of only two underclassmen at the FBS level with at least two career kickoff returns for scores.
App State’s last kickoff return of 95 yards or longer had occurred when Tony Washington scored on a 99-yard return against Wofford in 2012. Evans’ 100-yard return is only the second one of that maximum length in program history, as Keith Nash had a 100-yard return against Lenoir-Rhyne in 1968.