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Zach Evans earns Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors

TCU’s sophomore running back absolutely starred on Saturday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 11 Cal at TCU Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Well, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

On Monday, the Big 12 Conference named TCU running back Zach Evans its Offensive Player of the Week for his lights out performance against the California Golden Bears as part of the Horned Frogs’ 34-32 victory.

Zeke’s 190 rushing yards are the most for a TCU player since 2018, when Sewo Olonilua had 194 against the same Cal program in the Frogs’ Cheez-It Bowl victory. It was a career-high output, one achieved on just 22 carries, including a momentum changing 51-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds left in the first half. With the Horned Frogs trailing 19-7, Evans broke free for his score to pull TCU within 19-14 at the break.

TCU then opened the second half with a 15-play, 75-yard drive to take its first lead in the contest, and after some back and forth between the programs, the Frogs’ defense stuffed Cal on a potential game-tying two point conversion late and Max Duggan converted with his legs on third and medium on the ensuing drive to enable TCU to run out the clock.

A sophomore from Houston, Evans has topped 100 yards three times in the last four games. He is the first Horned Frog since Olonilua in 2019 with a rushing touchdown in four consecutive contests. Evans has a team-best 217 yards rushing this season on an 8.0 per carry average. The five star has firmly entrenched himself as “the guy” in the TCU backfield, and has as bright a future as any offensive player in the Big 12 Conference. Congrats, Zach! I am sure there are many more such honors in your future!