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Jahri Evans

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 316 | College: Bloomsburg
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Evans is one of the most decorated players in the history of Bloomsburg football. The dominating drive blocker was a two-time unanimous All-American selection and finalist for the Gene Upshaw Offensive Player of the Year Award.

Evans lettered in football at Frankford High School, where he earned All-Conference and All-Area honors. He redshirted in 2001 at Bloomsburg and appeared in ten games as a reserve in 2002. Evans took over left tackle duties as a sophomore, averaging more than four knockdown blocks per game.

He went on to garner All-American and All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors as a junior in 2004. He was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Offensive Player of the Year Award, as he posted 88 key blocks/knockdowns and registered ten touchdown-resulting blocks. He again earned national and conference honors as a senior. The co-captain led the team to an undefeated regular season and finished with 109 knockdowns, including eighteen touchdown-resulting blocks.


Positives: Has adequate muscle tone, good body mass and a frame with the potential to carry additional bulk … Aggressive drive blocker with good straight-line speed … Builds to top acceleration on the move, maintaining balance when working to the second level … Has a very good work ethic and plays with pain … Strong and powerful at the point of attack, consistently driving the defender off the ball … Has the strong hand punch to shock and jolt … Gets into position and holds his ground firmly, showing the wide base and strong anchor to prevent the bull rushers from driving him back … Connects on the defender with his powerful arm swipes and uses his size and strength effectively to create movement …

Has the long arms and reach that causes edge rushers to take a wide loop in attempts to penetrate, making them too late to close on the pocket … Gains leverage with his initial burst and has the knee bend and slide to get back in the pocket to contain backside pursuit.

Negatives: Has a big frame and natural strength, but needs to add more muscle tone and bulk … Has good straight-line speed, but is too stiff in his hips to generate fluid change of direction … Has a devastating hand punch, but lacks good hand placement technique that results in some of the slippery defenders eluding his arm swipes (see 2005 Shippensburg and Kutztown games) … Plays with good aggression, but will lean into the defender late in games when he tires … Struggles vs. the speed rush, as he does not have the loose hips and lateral movement to mirror (could be better off at guard) … Late off his stance and will take false steps when having to pull and trap … Needs to improve his angles and footwork trying to neutralize linebackers in the second level … Not always quick to recognize stunts and blitzes.

Evans is a dominant drive blocker with good upper body strength, but lacks proper hand placement technique. He can really shock and jolt defenders with his hand punch, but is not always active with his hands in attempts to lock on and control. He is more of as fist fighter and when he takes wide arm swipes, defenders are able to slip under to penetrate the backfield.

Still, he is a tough, physical player who unloads on people and plays to the whistle. Coming off the snap, he shows good straight-line quickness to get off the ball, but struggles to keep his pads down and change direction when working into the second level. He is rarely used on pulls because of his poor second level speed. He does not generate good hip roll, but uses his mass to generate movement off the line.

Evans has good strength and will finish his blocks. In space he is marginal, as he will struggle to redirect. When he hits his landmarks, he is explosive though. At times, Evans will overextend and lose body position, but is athletic enough to recover.

In the passing game, Evans has adequate feet and struggles to mirror and slide to neutralize the speedy edge rushers. He does show an outstanding punch and will leave the ground to deliver, as he is very physical in his play. However, speed rushers with a second move will give him trouble. Overall, Evans is a physical player who will need some technique work, but plays nasty and has good feet to anchor. He might be better suited inside at guard due to the problems he has vs. the edge rushers.

Career Notes

Evans was twice a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Player of the Year Award … As a junior and senior, he was a unanimous All-American first-team pick, earning more votes than any other player on the Daktronics 2005 squad.

2005 Season

Finalist for the Gene Upshaw Offensive Player of the Year Award … Named first-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, Sports Network, American Football Coaches Association, Football Gazette and Daktronics … Football Gazette All-Northeast pick … Earned first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference first-team honors for the third consecutive year … Anchored a unit that was ranked eighth nationally in rushing offense at 284.3 yards per game and was tenth in total offense with 473.4 yards per game … Graded 85.1 percent for blocking consistency and posted 109 key blocks/knockdowns as part of an offensive line that allowed just thirteen quarterback sacks in twelve games … In addition, Evans' blocking allowed 46 of the team's 66 touchdowns (69 percent) to come on the ground.

2005 Game Analysis

Slippery Rock … Made nine knockdowns and graded 88 percent, taking down nose guard Robert Minnie on a 28-yard touchdown run by tailback Jamar Brittingham in the first quarter and cleared a path for Brittingham's 3-yard scoring burst in the third quarter that capped a 10-play, 68-yard drive in the third quarter, as the Huskies totaled 438 yards.

Fairmont State … Led the way on Brittingham's first quarter 2-yard scoring run and upended linebacker Josh Oswalt on Brittingham's 2-yard touchdown burst that finished a 12-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter, finishing with seven knockdowns as the team gained 381 yards, but did see FSU defensive end Brandon Geary and Nick Washington slip through the left side to sack QB Jack Lydric for a 4-yard loss late in the third quarter.

Lock Haven … Graded 92 percent and delivered twelve knockdowns, shoving linebacker Derek Kaisch out of the way while leading the charge on Brittingham's 16-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and opened a hole used by QB Jack Lydric for a 1-yard scoring plunge as Bloomsburg piled up 471 yards.

East Stroudsburg … Posted nine knockdowns, including one that stopped defensive end Greg Thoman on Brittingham's game-winning 5-yard touchdown run in a 31-24 overtime decision.

Kutztown … Allowed a sack when defensive end Mike Grosso broke into the backfield to take down QB Jack Lydric for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter, but made up for that miscue by taking down defensive tackle Scott Smith on a 5-yard scoring scamper by Tony Rush in the fourth quarter.

Cheyney … Bounced back with thirteen knockdowns to help the team gain 549 yards … Led the way on Jamar Brittingham's 8-yard touchdown run that capped a 10-play, 60-yard drive in the first quarter and manhandled linebacker Robert Edwards to spring Brittingham for a 15-yard score that concluded an 80-yard, 11-play second quarter run. Millersville … Garded 94 percent with fifteen knockdowns, including one that stopped defensive tackle Ryan Kamarer on Jack Lyndic's 11-yard touchdown toss to Ryan Schuck in the second quarter as the offense generated 553 yards.

2004 Season

All-American first-team selection by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Daktronics … All-PSAC first-team pick … Football Gazette All-Northeast choice … Finalist for the Gene Upshaw Offensive Player of the Year Award, presented by the Manheim PA Touchdown Club … Registered 88 knockdowns with ten touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that generated 4187 yards in ten games … Led an offensive line that allowed only fifteen quarterback pressures.


Slippery Rock … Made eight knockdowns in the season opener, leading the way on tailback Jamar Brittingham's game-winning 2-yard touchdown run that gave the Huskies a 20-17 decision.

Lock Haven … Took down defensive end Brad Sones on an 8-yard touchdown toss from QB Jack Lydic to Luke Kuklick in the second quarter as the team totaled 466 yards.

Indiana (Pa.) … Added seven knockdowns and upended defensive tackle Matt Scott on a 4-yard scoring lob from Jack Lydic to Tyson Hale in the first quarter … Also cleared a path used by Jamar Brittingham for a 2-yard touchdown run at the start of the second quarter.

West Chester … Produced nine knockdowns and a 93 percent grade, coming up with a crunching block on defensive end Jared Souders on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jack Lydic to Steve Burke in the second quarter and also led the way on an 11-yard scoring run by Jamar Brittingham.

2003 Season

All-PSAC first-team selection … Took over left offensive tackle duties, registering 49 knockdowns with eight touchdown-resulting blocks … Played a big role as the offense averaged 391.9 yards per game … Part of a front wall that allowed only seventeen quarter-back sacks.

2002 Season

Played in ten games as a reserve offensive tackle.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2001: Granted a medical hardship after he suffered a broken left tibia in June and underwent surgery to have one screw and three pins placed in his leg.

2003: Did not play vs. Indiana (Pa.) after he suffered a right fibula fracture (11/01) and underwent surgery to have a plate and eight screws inserted.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.23 in the 40-yard dash … 360-pound bench press … 425-pound squat … 305-pound power clean … 20-inch vertical jump … 7'8" broad jump … Right-handed.

Combine: 5.29 in the 40-yard dash … 3.02 20-yard dash … 1.78 10-yard dash … Bench presses 225 pounds 20 times … 27-inch vertical jump … 7'11" broad jump … 4.8 20-yard shuttle … 7.97 three-cone drill … 34 1/8-inch arm length … 10-inch hands.

High School

Attended Frankford (Philadelphia, Pa.) High School, playing football for head coach Tom Mulleneaux.


Exercise Science major … Born 8/22/83 … Resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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