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Tulsa QB, Dane Evans, Signs UDFA Contract With New York Jets

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Dane Evans didn’t hear his name called in the 2017 NFL Draft however, he will now be heading to the Jets as an undrafted free agent.

NFL: New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Dane Evans will forever be remembered by Golden Hurricane fans as the quarterback who broke records. Along with, James Flanders, D’Angelo Brewer, Keevan Lucas, and Josh Atkinson, Evans led the offense that became the first in NCAA history to have a 3,000 yard passer, two 1,000 yard rushers, and two 1,000 yard receivers.

While he caught the attention of everyone in the Tulsa area, Evans didn’t catch any NFL teams attention during the Draft. Evans finished his career with the Golden Hurricane with 11,680 yards and 84 touchdowns with 47 interceptions. Evans wasn’t necessarily a dual-threat quarterback, but he was able to pick up ten rushing touchdowns in his college career as well.

Dane Evans didn’t get an invite to the NFL Combine but he did have a good Pro Day. Evans measured in at six foot even and 210 pounds. He reached 31 inches in his vertical jump and nine feet, seven inches in his broad jump. Evans did not participate in the bench press but did run the 40 yard dash in 4.98 seconds.

Even with his impressive career at Tulsa, Dane Evans didn’t receive any phone calls during the Draft. Shortly after the Draft ended on Saturday, April 29th, however, Evans phone began to ring. It wasn’t long after when Dane Evans received an offer from the New York Jets to attend their rookie minicamp on May 4th.

The Jets currently have three quarterbacks under contract but nothing is set in stone. Veteran Josh McCown seems to be the early favorite for the starting position and Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenburg haven’t showed much in their short amount of time with the team. If Evans has a great minicamp, he has a real shot at making the roster. Who knows, maybe Dane Evans could be the future quarterback of the New York Jets one day. Either way, it’s exciting to see a former Golden Hurricane get a chance at the pros.