Report: Chris Evans won't play for Michigan in 2019
Michigan running back Chris Evans will not step on the field for the Wolverines in 2019, according to a report from The Detroit News.
On Sunday, Jim Harbaugh spoke with the media during the Best of the Midwest football camp and talked about Evans’ eligibility for the 2019 season. The running back had been suspended since early in the year by the university and hasn’t been with the team since.
Now, Harbaugh says Evans will not be a member of the Wolverines for 2019.
“Chris Evans is suspended for the year,” Harbaugh said.
The decision was reportedly made by the university, not by Harbaugh or the football program. Evans was initially suspended because of an academic issue, though there haven’t been many specifics on the situation.
Evans is no longer enrolled at the school and is not listed on the Michigan football roster. He no longer has a scholarship with the university. Following his initial suspension, Harbaugh said there was a chance Evans could return to the team before the start of the 2019 season, but that is no longer a possibility.
With Evans no longer on the team, Michigan will enter the year without its top two running backs from a year ago. Senior Karan Higdon used the final year of his eligibility in 2018. He was the team’s leading rusher, totaling 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 games.
There was quite a cushion between Higdon’s production and the rest of Michigan’s running backs. Though he was second on the team, Evans had just 423 yards and four touchdowns on 81 carries for the Wolverines.
Evans also had 148 yards and a touchdown on 18 catches last fall.