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Boise State Roster Countdown 2021: Day 1, Octavius Evans

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Welcome to gameday-eve, ladies, gents, and assorted Broncos. A year ago, we completed the countdown to nothing with this Day 1, unsure when we’d next see football happen at Boise State. Last year is in the rear-view, though, and while the future is still uncertain, it definitely feels more hopeful. You could say the same about today’s countdown subject —Octavius Evans.

#1, Octavius Evans, RS Senior, WR

Boise State University

Stats

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 210 lbs.

High School: Center High School, Center, TX

How’d he get to The Blue™?

Sometimes one of the last commitments of the year is one of the biggest, and it’s a good thing too since the Broncos were reeling from the loss of 4-star wideout commit Bryan Thompson when Evans came aboard. The “high 3-star” was rated the 19th best wideout in the massive state of Texas and was as prolific as they come at Center High, hauling in 254 career receptions and accounting for 3,200 yards and 26 TDs. As a senior, Evans was named first team District 9-4A, Division 1 and earned the receiver MVP award at the APEC East Texas Recruiting Combine. Not just a football standout, Evans was also named 1st team All-District and selected to the Class 4A Region III team as well. Additionally, he was the first player from Center High to be selected to play in the TABC All-Star Game since 1977. Evans chose the Broncos over offers from Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas State, and Texas Tech.

Nickname

“Doc Oc“

With the recent No Way Home trailer, this nickname got a lot more ominous. If you know, you know.

Look-alike

Our high-tech face scanning engine says Paul George. We’re inclined to agree?

Career Highlights

Appeared in 14 games for the Broncos in 2019, with two starts. Straight trucked a dude at FSU. Appeared in an agonizing 5 games (one over the redshirt limit) in 2018. Appeared in all 14 games for the Broncos as a true frosh in 2017 and scored two TDs. First Team 2016 District 9-4A, Division 1 All-District honoree as a wide receiver. Earned receiver MVP award at the APEC East Texas Football Recruiting Combine. 1st team All-District and Class 4A Region III selectee as a senior in basketball. UIL All-District 9-4A basketball Player of the year as a junior.

2021 Prospectus

After sitting out last season for unspecified personal reasons, Octavius finds himself in a familiar spot, unproven but hyped for a breakout. With the depth charts announced today, he’s got a starting spot locked down. It’s been a tough ride with injuries and setbacks, but we’re on a second coaching staff seeing something they like.

Mr. Evans does not seem unaware of the unfulfilled expectations, either. “You really have to understand your role to be successful in this game,” Evans said. “It will humble you in all aspects.”

Thus, the breakout season watch continues into 2021. Something feels a bit different this season, however you can quantify such a thing. Octavius has that super senior legacy energy, and the offense feels primed for a new season. If he can stay healthy, a steady senior to take some targets when Shakir gets doubled is invaluable.

It doesn’t feel like a reach to predict a Cedric Wilson 2.0 season. Optimistic, certainly, but the foundation is there.

Is he on Twitter?

You betcha.

Completely made up fact

Octavius invested in Dogecoin early on this spring. His original $10 investment paid off in spades, and he cashed out for around $400. #ToTheMoon