So how tough is K-State's red-shirt freshman
quarterback Allan Evridge? Tough enough to chew
glass? Maybe not. Tough enough to walk on flaming
coals? I can't back that up. Tough enough to get
right up after a hit that made some fans shudder and
look away when replayed, like it was cut from a horror
film? That's the ticket.
Scrambling to escape pursuit, Evridge soon found
little between himself and Texas Tech safety Dwayne Slay. A split-second later, Evridge found himself on
his back, while Slay and his teammates celebrated the
jaw rattling hit. While some players may have been
down for the count following such a blow, Evridge
pulled himself off the turf and was right back in the
If you thought Evridge looked mad after getting up,
you were right, but not because of the severity of the
hit or any pain he was suffering. "I was mad about
the fumble," Evridge said. "That's what I was really
mad about. I didn't want to let the ball go."
v"(Evridge's toughness level) grew in my eyes, immensely, after he got leveled," Snyder said. Snyder said he was impressed by the way Evridge got up, though initially woozy, and shook off the effects to focus on the game. "He wasn't looking for any sympathy. He wasn't looking for a way out. He was ready to go back in and play, and that sent a major message to me."
Evridge's teammates have also been impressed by the
resolve he's shown. "I never questioned his
toughness," receiver Jordy Nelson said, "But the way
he got hit against KU and again last week, he's
definitely shown that he cares about this team."
"Some guys might not have ever gotten up after taking
a hit like that," senior fullback Victor Mann said.
"He did, and he played hard, and that wasn't the only
hard hit that he took all game. Mann said he's been
impressed by the fact that all the hits have not
changed Evridge's playing style on the field.
"No matter how hard he's been hit, he gets up, bounces
back, and keeps everything going. I think he's opened
the eyes of a lot of guys on our team, and maybe some
of the guys have raised their toughness level at the
same time, after watching the things that he went
The first freshman quarterback to start under Bill Snyder has shown great toughness and resolve thus far.
It will be those traits, along with his continued
improvement in running the offense and making
decisions that play a huge role in how far this
offense can go.
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