Michigan RB Chris Evans Suspended for Entire 2019 Season Due to Academic Issue

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIJune 3, 2019

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 18: Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines runs the ball during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin won 24-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Michigan Wolverines will be without Chris Evans for the 2019 season, as the running back has been suspended for academic issues, head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed to Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News.

Chengelis added that Evans' suspension came from the university, not the football program.

In March, Evans described the situation to Chengelis as "an academic mistake. Not my grades. I'm on pace to graduate."

However, Evans is no longer on scholarship or even enrolled at Michigan.

As of March, Evans was working as a delivery man for Ahmo's Gyros & Deli in Ann Arbor. He appealed his suspension, but that was apparently denied.

The junior has accumulated 1,722 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground in three seasons with the Wolverines. Last season, Evans was Michigan's second-leading rusher with 423 yards behind Karan Higdon. With Higdon declaring for the 2019 NFL draft and eventually signing as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans, the backfield in 2019 was Evans' to claim.

Now, the Wolverines will look to Tru Wilson, Christian Turner and incoming freshman Zach Charbonnet to collectively carry the running game.

Evans is eligible to return to the university and the football team in January 2020, per Chengelis.


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