Michigan running back Chris Evans is not currently listed on the team roster, according to a statement from the program.
After Michigan spoke of Evans’ status, the running back issued his own statement on the situation, saying academic issues were the cause for the split. He issued the message on Twitter, and made it clear that he hopes to be back in the maize and blue by next season.
“I am going through some academic issues right now,” Evans wrote. “I’m working through it now. I will still continue my career at the University of Michigan!”
I am going through some academic issues right now. I’m working through it now. I will still continue my career at the University of Michigan ! #GoBlue
— Chris Evans (@Kidnplay_abc123) February 5, 2019
Evans was expected to be the primary running back for the Wolverines in 2019, with the departure of Karan Higdon. That likely puts Tru Wilson and Christian Turner as the top prospects to battle for the starting role next fall if Evans doesn’t return.
Last season, Evans appeared in 11 games and rushed 423 yards and four touchdowns on 81 carries. It was his least productive year statistically since arriving in Ann Arbor.
Evans rushed for over 600 yards each of his first two seasons at Michigan, having his best year in 2017 with 685 yards and six touchdowns. In three seasons, he’s totaled 1,722 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The running back has also tallied 40 receptions for 392 yards and two scores through his junior year.