December 30, 2009

Bloomsburg Alumnus Jahri Evans Named to NFC Pro Bowl Squad

BLOOMSBURG---Bloomsburg University alumnus Jahri Evans, a member of the New Orleans Saints, has been named to the 2010 NFC Pro Bowl squad. The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2010 in South Florida. Teams that earn a berth into the Super Bowl will not be sending players to play in the contest.

Evans, a fourth-year offensive guard, has been a fixture on the Saints' offensive line since the first game of his rookie season (2006) earned his first career nomination to the Pro Bowl. The 6-4, 318 pound native of Philadelphia has been a lynchpin along the Saints' offensive line, never missing a start during his first four years.

"I think this is an award that all of the offensive linemen really share," said Evans. "Our offensive line has pretty much been together since I got here and I am very fortunate to have learned from great coaches and my teammates. It's always been a goal of mine to earn the highest award that is voted on by the fellow players, coaches and fans, and I am very thankful to everyone that thought highly enough of me to vote for me."

Evans has also been a fixture on an offensive line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the NFC and the second-least in the NFL since 2006 (67). In 2009 the Saints once again are among the league leaders in fewest sacks allowed (15-the third fewest). Evans owns the distinction of having started 63 consecutive games, a club-record for most consecutive games started by a Saints offensive lineman to begin a career, and the third-most by a player of any position, trailing only LB Rickey Jackson (91) and DT Bob Pollard (78).

As a senior in 2005 at Bloomsburg Evans was named to the first team A.P. Little America team; first team American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America team ; All-PSAC East first team, Daktronics and D2football.com first team All-American, and played in the Las Vegas All-American Classic. He was also a finalist for the Gene Upshaw award, which honors the nation's top offensive lineman in Division II each season.

In his junior year Evans was named first team A.P. Little America, first team AFCA; first team d2football.com; first team Don Hansen All-Northeast region and first team Daktronics All-Northeast region and was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw award.