Texas A&M strong safety Justin Evans has been named college football’s Midseason Defensive Player of the Year by NFL.com
Evans, a senior from Wiggins, Miss., has been a driving force behind the Aggie defense this season. Despite playing five Power 5 conference opponents already, including three ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the Aggies are allowing just 19.2 points per game. Texas A&M has also gained a FBS-best 17 takeaways, which has helped the team to its first 6-0 starter in more than 20 years.
Evans, who has been projected as a NFL first-round pick, has been a dominant force on the Aggie defense. He leads the team in both tackles (48) and interceptions (3), and is second in broken up passes (6). His blocked field goal preserved the Aggies’ shutout of Prairie View A&M in the second game of 2016. He was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week for his role in the Aggies’ win over UCLA and he earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after the Aggies’ victory over Auburn.
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Earlier this week, Evans’ teammate Trevor Knight was named the Midseason Offensive Player of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com.