Senior Spotlight: Evans Okotcha

Senior Spotlight: Evans Okotcha

UTSA running back Evans Okotcha talks with InsideRunnerSports about his final season as a Roadrunner.

Evans Okotcha transferred to UTSA from Portland State in 2010 not knowing what to expect. A graduate of Coppell High School, he was looking to get closer to home.

"It turned out to be a blessing," Okotcha said about coming to UTSA.

For both UTSA and Okotcha, it certainly has.

Okotcha enters his final campaign as Roadrunner excited to get on the field.

"I'm pretty anxious to get out there again," said Okotcha. "I feel like we have a lot to prove to a lot of people, both individually and as a team. Our whole team is anxious to get out there."

Okotcha started fall camp off with a slight injury but battled back to see plenty of reps in the second half of fall practice. With game-week now here, Okotcha remains focused.

"We can only control what we can control," said Okotcha. "Every day we'll just go out there and practice hard. When it comes game time, we'll let the scoreboard be where it's at. We're just going to go out there and bust our tails every day."

Okotcha is expected to be one of the featured backs in Offensive Coordinator Kevin Browns schemes.

"I'm pretty confident in myself,"said Okotcha. "I believe that I can impact the team in many different ways and that I will because I'm so diverse. However it may be, I'm pretty sure I can impact the team in a positive way."

In his two seasons as a Roadrunner, Okotcha has racked up some pretty impressive stats: 776 rushing yards on 156 carries with 12 touchdowns. In addition to rushing, Okotcha has some impressive receiving stats in his career: 497 yards on 34 receptions with four touchdowns. In fact, Okotcha led UTSA in receiving in 2012 with 349 yards.

"I think what makes me different is my ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and block," said Okotcha. "I'm going to block, I'm going to catch the ball out of the backfield, I may line up at receiver and run some routes. I'm pretty unique in that aspect."

In 2013, Okotcha's brother, Bennett, will strap on the chinstrap and play corner for the Roadrunners. It will be the first time they've played on the same team in any sport.

"My family being able to come and watch the both of us is a blessing," said Okotcha. "We've always been one year off. So it's going to be nice to be on the field with each other, hold each other accountable. He's on the defense, I'm on the offense. It's nice that we can impact the team on both sides of the ball."

As one of the first Roadrunners to have a significant impact on the field, Okotcha hopes RunnerNation remembers has a hard worker.

"I want to be remembered as that dark horse, hardworking type of a guy that you never really saw coming but he always came with his chinstrap up and ready to play every play every play," said Okotcha.

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