says Evans

leaving NU

LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska starting I-back DeAngelo Evans apparently has quit the team, according to a newspaper report.

Evans, off to a slow start in his junior season, missed practice and a team meeting Monday and planned to announce possibly as early as today that he has quit the No. 4 Cornhuskers, the Lincoln Journal Star reported today.

Nebraska Sports Information Director Chris Anderson said the school would have no comment until head coach Frank Solich's weekly news conference, which was scheduled for noon CDT today.

Evans' mother, Earnestine Evans, told the Journal Star from her Wichita, Kan., home that her son had prepared a statement "but we would prefer that the coaches would go first" at the team's morning news conference.

Evans and Nebraska coach Frank Solich could not be reached for comment.

Nebraska defensive back Michael Demps, a close friend of Evans, said the word was out that Evans was leaving the team. He declined to elaborate.

Two weeks ago, Solich visited backup quarterback Eric Crouch in Omaha after the sophomore reportedly became upset when junior Bobby Newcombe was named the starter.

Last week, backup I-back Correll Buckhalter, the team's leading rusher last season, left practice for three days, apparently upset over the lack of playing time.

Offensive line coach Milt Tenopir confirmed that Evans, a fourth-year junior, was not at practice Monday.

The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Evans has had numerous injuries limiting his playing career at Nebraska.

He carried 148 times and gained 776 yards as a true freshman in 1996. But he missed 1997 with a pelvic injury.

His 1998 season also was cut short. He missed the first three games with a knee injury. When he returned to action, he carried the ball 38 times for 218 yards and four touchdowns in three games. But he sat out the rest of the year with an injured big toe and bruised tailbone.

Evans had knee surgery after the 1998 season and had hoped to return to full speed this fall. He regained the starting spot, but in two games this season, he carried just 19 times for 74 yards and no touchdowns.

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