Posted: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013
Every football season comes down to a few players and a few plays per game. The team that has the players that make those plays win games, and those that lose do not find a way to make those plays. This countdown attempts to find the 25 players at Mississippi State that must have good seasons in order for the Bulldogs to be successful. Many factors come into play when creating such a list: production that must be replaced from last year, quality of the depth chart behind a player, likelihood of a backup seeing significant action, and importance of position are among a few of the criteria put in place to develop this list.--JS
While currently not listed on the two-deep for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, there is little doubt that Quay Evans will be called upon during games, and when those moments come, the 6' 3", 310 pound sophomore defensive lineman from Morton will have to produce for the Bulldogs to have success in big games.
In the SEC, everyone typically has strong first team players, but the quality of the players on the depth chart behind the starters helps separate the contenders from the pretenders. Last year, Evans played in a similar capacity, and he showed promise recording seven tackles, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble and recovery in limited play over ten games as a true freshman. The 2013 season should see the sophomore involved in more plays in more games, and should an injury strike, Evans will become an even more integral part of the defense.
While showing improvement on the field in game duty will be important for Evans, he must also continue to develop on the practice field. In 2014, Evans should be locked in as a starter for Mississippi State. If he does not see some significant playing time in 2013, fans may start to have a reason for concern in Starkville.