Wolfpack Sports Commentator Gets To Make Call of a Lifetime
The Wolfpack’s new quarterback, Daniel Evans, has quite a legacy with the Pack.
Calling NC State football games recently got a lot more interesting for Wolfpack Color Analyst Johnny Evans. Why? His son is now the starting quarterback for the team.
Johnny Evans started in the QB position himself in 1976 & 1977, earning himself the MVP trophy for the 1977 Peach Bowl win over Iowa State. And it looks like his son might be about to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Head Football Coach Chuck Amato put Daniel Evans in halfway into the fourth quarter during the Pack’s Saturday, Sept 16th, match-up against Southern Mississippi. Amato pulled the current starting QB Marcus Stone. And after a solid performance, Amato made the decision to start Evans against Boston College this Saturday night.
So Daniel Evans, a red shirt sophomore, will get his first career start. He had not thrown a pass in a college game until last Saturday’s surprise entry by Amato.
“I listened to the fourth quarter Saturday night when Daniel was unexpectedly put into the game, with his father at the mic, “said Capitol Sports Vice President George Habel. “It was fantastic. You have this wonderful father-son story unfolding on this radio. It’s sort of exclusive to our broadcast.”
This legendary tale will develop in a personal way for all Wolfpack fans, on the field and on the air.
“I know there’s going to be a lot of fan reaction and media reaction this week, but everyone else is going to be making a bigger deal of all that than Daniel is,” Johnny Evans told his Wolfpack colleague, Radio & Television Broadcaster Tony Haynes. “He’s much more laid back than I am. There is a fire and a grittiness that belies his physical stature, but there’s also an ability not to overact. Maybe it’s because he’s kind of grown up in a football world.”
The elder Evans was also an All-American punter and went on to play in the NFL. The younger Evans was a standout at Broughton High School in Raleigh, ranking third in the state in career passing yards.
Daniel Evans is one in a set of quadruplets, two boys and two girls. His twin brother, Andrew, is also a scholarship player for the Pack football squad.
Thirty years ago an Evans started in the quarterback position for the Wolfpack and on Saturday it will happen again.
Thanks to NCSU’s Peyton Williams for this capcom photo.