Mississippi State sophomore defensive tackle Quay Evans (54) was arrested Wednesday. Photo by: MSU athletics
October 30, 2013 8:08:39 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State sophomore defensive tackle Quay Evans was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop by university police.
According to officials from the Oktibbeha County jail, Evans, 21, was charged with driving without a license and a violation of a traffic control device. He has since been released from jail.
The news was first reported by The Starkville Daily News.
Public records in the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's office found by The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog revealed Evans was cited for driving without a license and a seat belt violation this past summer. Evans was charged and fined a total of $426 on Aug. 8.
Evans was suspended for Thursday night's game against Kentucky for what the program called a violation of team rules.MSU head coach Dan Mullen confirmed after the 28-22 victory over Kentucky Saturday night the former five-star recruit would be reevaluated in the following weeks. However, Mullen did not state definitely if Evans would be in the lineup MSU (4-3, 1-2 in Southeastern Conference) travels to No. 14 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 in SEC) for a 11:21 a.m., contest. The Bulldogs fifth-year coach would only comment on Evans' situation by saying the issue was being "handled internally".
Evans has just three total tackles this season, one of which for a loss, and no sacks.
Evans was rated the top prospect in the state of Mississippi among all positions in the 2012 recruiting class by various recruiting services. The talent of the 310-pounder from Morton was able to pass through the normal system of red-shirting first-year players integrated by Mullen and the coaching staff.
Evans was not on the trip as a coaches' decision for the 2013 season-opening game vs. Oklahoma State in Houston.
"Quay had a really great week of practice last week and I met with him last week about it," Mullen said Sept. 2. "He's on the right path but the key is for him to stay on the right path to see him on the field. We want to see him playing on the field and playing to the expectations levels that we have for him."
Evans chose MSU over Auburn, Southern California, Florida State, Louisiana State, Alabama and Ole Miss.
While he saw action in 10 games and recorded seven tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery, he was not productive throughout the year after tallying three tackles, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry against Jackson State University in his college debut. After his first game in 2013, Evans was seen as more of a situational player due to the depth in the Bulldogs defensive line.
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