Saturday, December 27, 2014

Evans gone, too

And then there were two.

Evans gone, too

And then there were two.

Could Larry Johnson be next?

Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans is following in teammate Aaron Maybin's footsteps and is leaving college early to declare for the NFL Draft, according to team sources. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound junior had until Thursday to make a decision.

Maybin, a redshirt sophomore defensive end, officially announced his intentions today at a press conference at his high school in Ellicott City, Md. Some draft experts have Maybin going in the first round, but Evans' stock has dropped considerably since the beginning of the last season.

In September, Evans was arrested and charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was promptly suspended from the team for three games. In his place, Maybin had an all-American season with 12 sacks. As a sophomore, Evans recorded 21.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. But this year his numbers dipped and he finished with just three sacks.

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson, meanwhile, is flirting with Illinois. Penn State's top recruiter, Johnson is reportedly being offered the defensive coordinator position with the Illini and a raise nearly double his current salary.

Right now, the ball appears to be in Penn State's court. Will the program be willing to offer Johnson a promotion and a raise? Stay tuned.

 

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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