Texas A&M Football: Does Mike Evans Deserve Heisman Consideration?

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 26:  Mike Evans #13 of the Texas A&M Aggies scores in the first quarter against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Kyle Field on October 26, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Texas A&M Aggies are featuring an offensive playmaker in 2013 that no one is talking about. Mike Evans is the best wide receiver in the country and should be on every Heisman voter's ballot. 

While the media has covered every move that Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel has made on and off the field, Evans has basically been ignored. 

The sophomore wide receiver from Galveston (Texas) Ball High School has had a tremendous season and has been one of the most dominant players in college football. Not bad for a guy who decided to take up football during his senior year of high school. 

Evans was a high school basketball star who was not getting the scholarship offers he wanted, so he tried football as a senior. He was impressive enough to earn a scholarship offer from then-Aggie head coach Mike Sherman in what was described as a disappointing recruiting class at the time.

Evans has been the Aggies' leading receiver for two years in a row. He jumped on the radar of college football fans around the country with his performance against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

During the Aggies' Week 3 showdown with No. 1 Alabama, Evans made a mockery of the Crimson Tide secondary with seven receptions for 279 yards and a touchdown. To put that game into perspective, Tennessee is the only team that has gained more offensive yards against Alabama than Evans did by himself. 

He has not been a one-game wonder, though. Evans has caught 48 passes for 1,101 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games in 2013. He is averaging 22.9 yards per reception.

Evans topped his performance against Alabama when the Aggies hosted the Auburn Tigers at Kyle Field. He caught 11 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns.

He has been the most dominant wide receiver in the nation while playing in the toughest conference in the nation. Evans currently ranks second in the country with 137.6 receiving yards per game.  

In 2012 Marqise Lee averaged 132.4 yards per game receiving. He ended up fourth in the Heisman voting behind Manziel, Manti Te'o and Collin Klein.  

If Lee can be a Heisman finalist while playing for an unranked 7-6 team, there is no reason that Evans should not receive Heisman consideration when he is putting up better numbers for a team ranked in the Top 15


With Evans playing on the same team as Manziel, there is little chance that he will win the Heisman Trophy. In order to win the Heisman you have to have a lot of voters from a single region give you first-place votes. 

Evans and Manziel will take votes away from each other and likely ensure that neither wins the award. That does not mean that neither of them should garner consideration. 

Evans is a tremendous college football player who is already projected by some to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. If the Heisman Trophy is truly an award for the best college football player in the country, then you cannot leave Evans off the ballot.