Darrynton Evans

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Darrynton Evans
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Evans in 2021
No. 21 – Chicago Bears
Position:Running back,
return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1998-07-09) July 9, 1998 (age 24)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:New Smyrna Beach
(New Smyrna, Florida)
College:Appalachian State (2016–2019)
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
  • Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year (2019)
  • 2× First-team All-Sun Belt (2018, 2019)
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Rushing yards:61
Rushing average:3.8
Receiving yards:38
Return yards:223
Total touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Darrynton L.A. Evans (born July 9, 1998)[1] is an American football running back and return specialist for the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Appalachian State. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school career[edit]

Evans attended New Smyrna Beach High School in New Smyrna, Florida. He committed to Appalachian State University to play college football.[2]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman at Appalachian State in 2016, Evans played in 12 games rushing for 217 yards on 48 carries. He also returned 25 kicks for 563 yards and a touchdown. Evans missed 2017 due to injury and redshirted. Returning from the injury in 2018, he entered the season as a backup to Jalin Moore but took over as the starter after Moore was injured for the season, and rushed for 1,187 yards on 179 carries and seven touchdowns.[3] As a kick returner he had 490 yards on 15 returns and had a touchdown. He was named the MVP of the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Football Championship Game after totaling 218 total yards.[4] As a full-time starter in 2019, Evans was the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,480 yards with 2,064 all purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns.[5] He was also named MVP of the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Football Championship Game and 2019 New Orleans Bowl.[6] After the season, he decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+18 in
(1.78 m)
203 lb
(92 kg)
31+58 in
(0.80 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.41 s 37.0 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[8]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Evans was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 93rd overall pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.[9][10]

He was placed on injured reserve on October 15, 2020, with a hamstring injury.[11] He was activated on December 7, 2020.[12] In Week 15 against the Detroit Lions, Evans recorded 57 yards from scrimmage and a receiving touchdown during the 46–25 win. This was Evans' first career touchdown.[13]

Evans finished the 2020 season playing in five games with 14 rushes for 54 yards, two receptions for 27 yards and a receiving touchdown, and nine kickoff returns for 206 yards as a backup to rushing yards and touchdowns leader Derrick Henry. He recorded one carry for one yard in the Titans' 20–13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the wildcard round of the playoffs.

On September 2, 2021, Evans was placed on injured reserve.[14] He was activated on October 23.[15] On October 29, 2021 he was placed back on injured reserve for a second time ending his season.[16]

On March 10, 2022, Evans was waived by the Titans.[17]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On March 11, 2022, Evans was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears.[18] He was waived on August 30, 2022 and signed to the practice squad the next day.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Evans is a Christian. Evans is engaged to Aiyana Willoughby.[21] He runs a YouTube and Twitch channel called ItzLiveee.[22]


  1. ^ Evans, Darrynton (July 9, 2019). "Blessed to see 21".
  2. ^ chris.boyle@news-jrnl.com, Chris Boyle. "After Christmas commitment, NSB's Darrynton Evans signs with Appalachian State". Daytona Beach News-Journal Online.
  3. ^ Behr, Steve (August 9, 2019). "Evans takes over starting running back duties". Watauga Democrat. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Joyce, Ethan (December 5, 2019). "Darrynton Evans' big return (2018 Sun Belt title game)". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Joyce, Ethan (December 4, 2019). "No. 21 App State's Darrynton Evans, Akeem Davis-Gaither win Sun Belt offensive and defensive player of the year awards". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Reed, Steve. "Evans' 3 TDs lead Appalachian State to Sun Belt title". The Fayetteville Observer. Associated Press. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans to enter NFL draft". Gwinnett Daily Post. December 25, 2019. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "Darrynton Evans Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Wyatt, Jim (April 24, 2020). "Titans Select Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans in Third Round of the NFL Draft". TennesseeTitans.com. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  10. ^ Moraitis, Mike (April 24, 2020). "2020 NFL Draft: Titans select Darrynton Evans with No. 93 pick". Titans Wire. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  11. ^ Wyatt, Jim (October 15, 2020). "Titans Activate DL Jeffery Simmons from Reserve/COVID-19 List, Place RB Darrynton Evans on Injured Reserve". TennesseeTitans.com.
  12. ^ Wyatt, Jim (December 7, 2020). "Titans Activate RB Darrynton Evans from Injured Reserve". TennesseeTitans.com. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  13. ^ "Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans - December 20th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Wyatt, Jim (September 2, 2021). "Titans Place Three Players on Injured Reserve While Waiving TE Luke Stocker". TennesseeTitans.com.
  15. ^ Wyatt, Jim (October 23, 2021). "Titans Activate RB Darrynton Evans, DL Larrell Murchison from Injured Reserve". TennesseeTitans.com.
  16. ^ Wyatt, Jim (October 29, 2021). "Titans Place RB Darrynton Evans on Injured Reserve a Second Time, Ending His 2021 Season". TennesseeTitans.com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2021. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  17. ^ Wyatt, Jim (March 10, 2022). "Titans Release Three Players: G Rodger Saffold, OL Kendall Lamm and RB Darrynton Evans". TennesseeTitans.com.
  18. ^ Mayer, Larry (March 11, 2022). "Roster Move: Bears claim RB Evans off waivers". ChicagoBears.com.
  19. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 30, 2022). "Roster Moves: Bears reach NFL's 53-man roster limit". ChicagoBears.com.
  20. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 31, 2022). "Roster Moves: Bears place 14 on practice squad". ChicagoBears.com.
  21. ^ Doering, Joshua. "Titans RB Darrynton Evans gets baptized, engaged in same week: 'Relationship with God will sustain your life'". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  22. ^ "ItzLiveee - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved July 1, 2022.

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