Hawk-Item – – Former walk-on was put on scholarship in 2020 . . . moved from linebacker to defensive end during 2019 spring practice . . . earned Dean’s List recognition spring, 2020.
2020 – – Saw action in all eight games, recording three solo tackles and four assists, with two tackles for loss, one sack, four pressures and one pass break-up . . . saw action in 24-20 loss at Purdue, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 21-20 loss to Northwestern, recording one solo tackle, his first sack of the season . . . saw action in 49-7 win over Michigan State as defense allowed 59 rushing yards and 286 yards total offense . . . two tackles vs. MSU, including one solo stop and one assist, including a tackle for loss and three QB pressures . . . saw action in 35-7 win at Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 41-21 win at Penn State, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 62 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 26-20 win over Nebraska, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 35-21 win at Illinois . . recorded three tackles at Illinois, including one solo stop and two assists . . . saw action in 28-7 win over #25 Wisconsin as defense allowed 56 net rushing yards and 225 yards total offense . . . one pass break-up and one QB pressure vs. Badgers.
2019 – – Saw action in eight games, recording five solo tackles and two assists, with four sacks . . . did not see action in 38-14 win over Miami . . . saw first action of career in 30-0 win over Rutgers, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 125 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 18-17 win at Iowa State . . . did not see action in 48-3 win over Middle Tennessee due to injury . . . did not see action in 10-3 loss at #18 Michigan . . . did not see action in 17-12 loss to #9 Penn State . . . saw action in 26-20 win over Purdue, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 33 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 20-0 win at Northwestern as defense allowed just 64 net rushing yards and 202 yards total offense . . . two tackles at Northwestern for first career statistics, including one solo and one assist . . . career-best 1.5 QB sacks and one QB pressure . . . saw action in 24-22 loss at #16 Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 23-19 win over #7 Minnesota as defense allowed just 63 net rushing yards . . . career-best three tackles vs. Minnesota, including two solo stops and one assist . . . also career-high 1.5 sacks vs. Minnesota . . . saw action in 19-10 win over Illinois . . . one solo tackle vs. Illinois, a QB sack for minus five yards . . . saw action in 27-24 win at Nebraska, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 49-24 Holiday Bowl win over #22 USC, but had no statistics as defense allowed just 22 net rushing yards.
2018 – – Redshirted after joining the team as a walk-on.
High school honors – – Earned all-state honorable mention honors as a senior . . . first-team all-conference as a junior and senior . . . honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore . . . Career – – Three-year football letterman as linebacker and quarterback . . . three-year starter at quarterback . . . football team captain as a junior and senior, first time ever at Ames HS . . . holds school records for career touchdowns and all-purpose yards . . . rushed for 771 yards and 11 touchdowns, while passing for 2,438 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded 60 tackles and forced two fumbles . . . as a junior rushed for 614 yards and 10 touchdowns, while passing for 1,580 yards and 13 touchdowns . . . as a sophomore rushed for 439 yards and five touchdowns, to go with 1,276 passing yards and 17 touchdowns, while helping prep team reach state playoffs . . . also lettered in track and basketball.
Personal – – Born 6/29/99 . . . enterprise leadership major . . . carried a 3.2 prep GPA . . . parents are Abby and Spence Evans . . . father Spence Evans also played football at Iowa . . . high school coach was Bruce Vertanen.