I won't have an issue learning the playbook and definitely know football.". NFL Players By College - A "As crazy as it sounds, I was looking to run somewhere in the 4.3s. Which App State football players can improve their NFL Draft stock most this season? From Abiliene Christian to Wyoming, find out where every active NFL pro football player spent his college days. The first game that she was able to come back to after her last procedure was on Halloween night. Why would I want to let them down and at the same time let myself down when I've been working too hard to get to where I'm at?". "It was tough but at the same time it was not that bad because her focus was on trying to see when she was going to be able to make it to my next game. A number of established NFL players officially retained their spots on rosters. "It definitely helped me grow as a man. With no way … Indiana State hasn’t had anyone drafted in nearly a quarter-century. Powered by WMT Digital. He is also close with Redskins linebacker Cole Holcomb and 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, who he described as an older brother, dating back to their time in Oak Hill, Florida. Entering his final season as a college football player, Evans received a phone call that no child, or person for that matter, wants to receive. As long as I'm doing what I need to do, more opportunities will come. Four former K-State players found new NFL homes this year, as B.J. at ", "He is definitely a playmaker, one of the best guys on the team," Davis-Gaither said of the running back. It helps me play a lot faster and slows the game down for me. "It does not matter who is calling the plays, who is on the sideline with us. She had her faith in something higher than her. There was some disagreement, however, on who would win should they meet in the gap at the next level. "I had to reset my priorities and look at my life as a father. Evans had 255 carries for 1,480 yards and 18 touchdowns as well as 21 receptions for 198 yards and five touchdowns.Â. They both offered me my junior year. My top two schools were South Florida and App State. There are some big guys out there [that don't have our speed and heart]," Davis-Gaither said. "Coming out of high school, I went to a North Carolina camp. They both have similar stories, which could offer a bit of insight into the Mountaineers' program-building philosophy.Â, "I've been around football my whole life. I remember him playing Pop Warner and me being 2, 3, 4 years old running around out there on the practice field during their practices," Evans told CBSSports.com. Throughout the year, he was putting on more weight, more size and more muscle but he was maintaining speed. Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season saw multiple former Kansas State football players take the field for their teams. My older brother played. ", The running back has had meetings with the Colts, Rams, Bills, Texans, Cowboys, 49ers, Jaguars, Falcons, Chargers, Eagles, Steelers, Chiefs, Buccaneers, Broncos, Jets, Cardinals, Bears and Lions. 2020 could add to that history in a big way. Dozens of those players have reached the pinnacle of football: the NFL. ", After his sophomore season in 2017, Davis-Gaither received news that he would become a father.Â. From Abiliene Christian to Wyoming, find out where every active NFL pro football player spent his college days. "It's something that we are kind of used to. Adams State. The 2019 season was special for the players and the program. "You want to get him out in space so he can make guys miss. "My town of Oak Hill is a very small city. On the vertical, I was trying to jump 38, 39, so that's on me. 6-keys: media/spln/nfl/draft/free/stories. I'm going to do my best to get on the field and make the most out of every opportunity. I am not an average football player on a team. He played almost every sport from baseball to basketball to football to track and field. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. Some of the greatest players and coaches in state history have called the Shore Conference home. Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. That's not the case for Evans and Davis-Gaither. Before the quarantine travel ban came down, he had taken a visit to the Titans' team headquarters.Â, Davis-Gaither sat out most of the drills at the combine while he was nursing a foot injury. K-State saw 12 former players make NFL rosters for the 2020 season, as the NFL trimmed its rosters to an active 53 players and an expanded 16-man practice squad. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports), (Photo: Isaiah J. However, the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of App State’s pro day. When the season concluded, both had earned an invitation to the NFL combine held in February. Some of the crazy plays that he makes in practice, on offense you're mad, like there ain't no way that he is supposed to do this. That really showed me that she is a tough woman. The Mountaineers were the first Group of Five program with two players picked in the draft. "I feel like I helped my draft stock during the week with my interviews. Tyler Lockett and Cornelius Lucas. ", "I am confident in my game and I know football," Davis-Gaither said. "I would definitely stop Darrynton in the hole.". App State had already offered me. Through both opportunities, the players were able to get in front of teams and share why they should be drafted. Robinson spent three seasons at Penn State before being selected with the 61st overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. I started to look at life a little differently because I have someone else depending on me other than myself. Even against South Carolina, I went to a Florida camp when Will Muschamp was there. The Giants are the NFL team with the most Georgia players with nine. My mom is doing good now. Next week, seven Penn State players will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in hopes of grabbing the eye of an NFL scout or coach. We have one flashing light, one Dollar General, one gas station and a flea market, that's it. He is hard to get down.". We have a couple in the NFL right now.". Appalachian State. The NFL playoffs begin this week, and New Jersey will be well-represented. "A lot of guys coming from smaller schools, their game might be smaller than what the NFL is about. "I feel like the speed on offense started to increase the speed on defense as well," Davis-Gaither said. After the season, Satterfield was presented with a head coaching offer at the University of Louisville. That’s because Darren Sproles retired after a celebrated 15-year NFL career. After she made it to that game, she was at every game whether it was home or away; that really meant a lot to me. I remember coming in my freshman and sophomore year and him running with us during conditioning. We are definitely going to play with a chip on our shoulder because if we were at another school, the situation would be a complete 180," Evans said. I was like, 'Yeah, I do.' Third-year pro Troy Apke is the starting free safety in Washington. Akron. Ended up, I put 150 yards up on his defense. Downing, USA TODAY Sports). NFL Draft - Players from Appalachian State. They rattled off victories in 13 of their 14 games, including wins over Power 5 teams North Carolina and South Carolina. But he always finds a way to be in the right spot at the right time. Once relatively unknown, the teammates now have a chance to make a name for themselves on the game's biggest stage.Â. I agree that CBS Sports can send me the "Pick Six Newsletter" newsletter. ", "I think he knows that answer," the linebacker said. Evans thought back to his camp experience with the Tar Heels. © 2004-2021 CBS Interactive. section: | slug: 2020-nfl-draft-app-states-darrynton-evans-akeem-davis-gaither-explain-their-journeys-what-sets-them-apart | sport: football | route: article_single_special | That was her main thing is don't lose focus over my problems that I'm going through right now. He jumped 37 inches vertically and 125 inches broadly. The Arizona State football team has a rich history of players in the NFL. "It's going to be a dog fight. One of the coaches that was at South Florida has been recruiting my area for a long time now. Doctors expected him to be available for OTAs, but the timeline is all a bit hazy with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Â. The Sun Belt conference team tucked away in Boone, North Carolina has been one of the most consistent programs in college football across the last decade. I love playing against teams that overlook me. It was kind of a double positive with him going to App State. All Rights Reserved. The coach was like, 'You're amazing,' and all that. He was not a heralded recruit or a player that could have played anywhere in the country, but he did find a home in Boone and that path led him to the NFL. Finney went from Pittsburgh to Seattle, Elijah Lee went from San Francisco to Detroit, Lucas went from Chicago to Washington, and D.J. They were picking my brain, seeing what kind of player I am on the field and the kind of knowledge that I bring to the game. We can’t report that former Ohio State players had the most snap counts in the NFL, but we can safely inform you that it was second behind — ahem, Alabama. NFL Players By College - V Alabama A&M. Evans played some wide receiver while he waited his turn behind Marcus Cox and Jalin Moore, who is now with the Jets. After going through the interviews, most teams were like, 'Man, you really know football. I ended up being the best running back at the entire camp, but at the end of the camp, 'You're too small,' this and that. He is a linebacker but he is running with the skill group and beating half of the skill group -- stuff like that stood out. The 2015 and 2016 seasons brought an average of 10.5 wins per season and two Camellia Bowl victories over MAC opponents. He was not looking to hit the camp circuit hard though.Â. He accepted.Â, Appalachian State handed the job over to NC State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Eliah Drinkwitz, a promising young coach down the road.Â, "Being a player-led team, you can ask any player at App State, any coach that has come through App State, they will say the same thing," Evans said. ", He mentioned that he has had a virtual interview with teams about every other day. CHARLOTTE, NC — App State’s dominant run in football continued into the 2020 NFL Draft. By me playing running back and wide receiver, I could tell them what all 11 players have to do. I got other responsibilities at home. We already had a good relationship. Though it might surprise some fans, the state of Florida actually has the most current NFL players. That is my style of play to play in space and make plays. The official app of the NFL is the best, pure football app for any fan, with live local and primetime games, exciting videos and highlights, and replays of every game with NFL Game Pass (subscription required). Their time playing together may have come to an end, but the respect that they carry for one another will not. Air Force. This page is intended to provide links to Ourlads' Draft coverage and is in no way That is what we are going to do.". The NFL app is packed with more video than ever. The things that he does in the game, everyone is so amazed with it but that is only half of it. "They care about speed and heart. NFL Draft - Players from Arizona State The following is a list of players that attended Arizona State who were drafted in the NFL Draft from 1960-present. The Kansas City Chiefs used their No. ", It was no coincidence that the Mountaineers' successful season coincided with remarkable individual performances from two of its stars and leaders. They said that I was too small and I didn't have the size that they were looking for at running back," Evans said. In less than a week, linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither and running back Darrynton Evans are expected to be drafted into the NFL. It is a matter of us doing what we are coached to do and sticking together. "Every season, every fall camp, [Satterfield] would say whatever your role is for this team, I want you to find your role and be the best at your role as you can be," Evans said. Every NFL team has at least one Georgia player. We have had a lot of great players come through. Don't forget what they said about you.' Appalachian State welcomed them despite what many others might interpret as limitations. One camp in particular provided him with some motivation. "I have a passion for it. I am working for something bigger than myself.". I knew his face because he had recruited my older cousin and some older guys at my school. "The bigger schools kind of backed off when I was coming out of high school because I was only 175 [pounds]," Davis-Gaither said. Davis-Gaither received an additional offer to compete at the Reese's Senior Bowl. I have a lot of people behind me and a lot of people looking up to me. I did good in the field work but I still feel like I could have done better. "To see him on the field and then practicing against him, it was like yeah, I'm glad I do not have to play against him on Saturday. She ended up missing about half of my season. Although impressive, Evans knows that he could have done better. Ohio State and Alabama meet in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday. Boise State has produced numerous outstanding football players, take a look at the top former Broncos that are currently in the NFL. Here are all of them. Davis-Gaither finished with 101 tackles, five sacks, an interception and eight pass deflections. Now, we have to remember that guys like Nick Bosa, Parris The running back has a story that resonates with many people coming from a small town.Â, "I worked too hard to get to where I'm at to not put my best foot forward," Evans said. NFL cut day didn't provide much shocking news for former Colorado State football players. Here’s a look at the former K-State players on NFL rosters for the 2020 season: Get two months of VIP content on GoPowercat.com for $1. "It is really hard to describe him. "That's all he was saying all week. In just eight starts, he was able to accumulate 1,187 yards and seven touchdowns on 179 carries as well as 12 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. K-State fans will get to see Byron Pringle as the defending LIV Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs open their season against Houston at 7:20 p.m. Thursday on NBC. 9:13 am ET. She is cancer free.". CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: nfl | pageType: stories | The NFL app keeps fans fully updated all off-season long, with breaking NFL … Abilene Christian. The Mountaineers went 11-2 with a convincing 45-13 New Orleans Bowl victory over Middle Tennessee State. Alabama. 'Don't forget what they did to you in high school. Evans' cousin, D'Cota Dixon, is a safety for the Buccaneers. Penn State’s opening day NFL representation is at its most since at least 2006 and surpasses its high of the last 15 years of 34 (2018). You see you just put three touchdowns on them and just put a win on them,'" Evans said. "After the North Carolina game, [recruiting coordinator and tight ends] coach [Justin] Watts came up to me and was like, 'You remember the North Carolina camp and they told you that you were too small? K-State saw 12 former players make NFL rosters for the 2020 season, as the NFL trimmed its rosters to an active 53 players and an expanded 16-man practice squad. It opened my eyes to a new life, a better life. I feel like it definitely changed me in ways. "It was kind of tough being 600 miles away from home while she's down here dealing with that and I was still having to focus on school and focus on athletics. The longest-tenured former K-State players currently in the NFL? © 2005-2021 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Davis-Gaither redshirted the first year while Evans used his in 2017. Select College. Evans, who said that he modeled his game after Percy Harvin growing up and Christian McCaffrey more recently, ran a 4.41 second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Then, he was only 5-foot-8. Appalachian State has had one season with seven wins or fewer since 2005. Although Kansas State saw its Big 12 Conference-leading 24-year streak with at least one player taken in the NFL Draft come to an end this year, Reggie Walker secured a spot as a practice player with the Arizona Cardinals, becoming the latest K-State player to be a part of an NFL franchise. The NFL Draft and NFL Draft Logo are copyright of the National Football League and in no way are owned by Ourlads Scouting Services LLC. For many NFL-hopefuls, pro day workouts are crucial for showing NFL scouts what they have to offer. A total of 32 former Penn State players began the season on active NFL rosters. The official source for Buckeyes in the NFL from the Official Athletic Site of the Ohio State Buckeyes. During his junior season, Davis-Gaither was named a second-team All-Sun Belt selection after compiling 105 tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. The most notable star to come from the Sunshine State is Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. When asked about the other, each was smiling through the phone and could not heap enough praise on his teammate. Apke's role began growing last season, when he started two games. 38 - Chris Godwin In what will be his fourth season in the league, Chris Godwin will look to be one of the more impactful players on one of the most interesting teams in the NFC. The feeling of disrespect or being underrated is new to a lot of prospects during the draft process because their paths as four and five-star recruits were paved with praise and recognition. "If my role for a team next year is to be a backup or a role player, third-down back, change-up back, I am fine with that. Former K-State players will face each once in week 1, as Duke Shelley and Cody Whitehair (Chicago Bears) go against Lee (Detroit Lions) at 12 p.m. Sunday on FOX. "I've always been around the game. Players with ties to the state dot the rosters of the participating teams and several will have chances to make a big impact. No. That is really all I did in college was cover in space and make plays in space. "One of the coaches at App State was working the camp. On the other side of the ball, Evans had seen an uptick in his own production. 2020 NFL Draft: App State's Darrynton Evans, Akeem Davis-Gaither explain their journeys, what sets them apart Appalachian State has had one season with seven wins or fewer since 2005. Reed went from San Francisco to Seattle. "I was the lowest rated recruit coming out of high school in my signing class. "I actually wasn't even happy with my workout," Evans said. However, two of its former players are a game away from the Super Bowl. A lot of teams are just looking at the name on the helmet or the last name. "I really wanted them to know that I'm a competitor, a smart player," Evans said. Same thing, 'You're too small, you don't meet our criteria.' You sound like you want to be a coach one day.' But what if they played on Sundays instead? "They took a chance on me," Evans said of Appalachian State. Davis-Gaither, who modeled his game after Devin Bush, knows there is an increasing need for linebackers capable of covering sideline to sideline. How did your favorite Nittany Lions fare in the first week of the NFL season? "He is a freak of nature," Evans said of the linebacker. This is a list of Appalachian State Mountaineers football players in the NFL Draft. ", Davis-Gaither was also undersized. With the 2020 NFL Draft underway, several Mountaineers are preparing to take their first step into professional careers. "That is something that I bring to the table is speed. I think I ran a 4.4 at that camp too. The third round seems like the sweet spot for him to land. It was just wild. It was just the right fit.". "Knowing that I was becoming a father at the end of my sophomore season and just going through my junior season as a new dad [was difficult]," Davis-Gaither said. "Two weeks after my birthday in July, my mom found out that she had cancer," Evans said. After having surgery to repair a partial stress fracture in his right foot back in March, he was able to return to return to doing squats this past Monday. The Kansas City Chiefs could draft Alabama or Ohio State football players early in 2021. This is a list of Ball State Cardinals football players in the NFL Draft. A total of 344 players from the Big Ten are currently on NFL active rosters. I am almost related to everyone in the city. The NFL rosters are out for week one of 2020 and there's a slew of former Ohio State players listed as starters. 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