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Evans Earns Phil Steele Preseason All-America Honors

Junior Spiffy Evans, who returned 11 punts for 278 yards and one touchdown in 11 games in 2012, has earned preseason All-America honors from Phil Steele.

Junior Spiffy Evans, who returned 11 punts for 278 yards and one touchdown in 11 games in 2012, has earned preseason All-America honors from Phil Steele.

June 5, 2013

Boston College junior punt return specialist Spiffy Evans has earned Phil Steele All-America third-team honors, according to an announcement made by the publication on Wednesday.

Evans recently earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason first-team accolades at the position from the publication, which was announced last week.

Evans is a junior from Hollywood, Fla., who played in 11 games in 2012 and returned 11 punts for 278 yards (25.3 avg. yards per return) and one touchdown (an 82-yard return against Maine).

The 6-foot, 189-pound Evans returned two punts for 93 yards, including an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter, in Boston College's 34-3 non-conference win over the Black Bears on Sept. 8, 2012. His 82-yard return marked the first BC punt return for a TD since Rich Gunnell's 45-yard TD return on Sept. 5, 2009 against Northeastern and the longest BC punt return since Jamal Burke's 83-yarder (also for a TD) against Virginia Tech on Oct. 10, 2002.

Additionally, Evans accounted for 109 punt-return yards and 64 kickoff return yards in BC's 20-17 win over Maryland last October. He returned three punts for 109 yards, including a 72-yard return in the first quarter that marked the second-longest punt return of the season (and of his career), and three kickoffs for 64 yards.

Evans, a wide receiver who has played in 21 games, has registered 10 starts at the position in his first two seasons at Boston College. He has recorded career 22 receptions for 257 yards (11.7 yards per catch) and one receiving touchdown.

Boston College is in its first season under the direction of head coach Steve Addazio. The Eagles' 2013 season kicks off against Villanova on Saturday, Aug. 31 at noon on ESPN3.

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