Instant Reaction for Mike Evans' Week 8 Performance vs. Auburn

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 19, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  Mike Evans #13 of Texas A&M Aggies reacts to a play in the fourth quarter during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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In 10 minutes, Mike Evans compiled a stat line that most are lucky to achieve in 60, as he pulled in four catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter Saturday against No. 24 Auburn.

After it was all said and done, the Tigers escaped with the dramatic victory, but Evans left with an absurd 11 receptions, 287 yards and four touchdowns. 

This pretty much sums up his day:

Through seven games, Texas A&M's talented sophomore had now racked up 43 catches for 1,024 yards (146.3 per game) and nine touchdowns. Entering Saturday, he was third in America (first in the SEC) in receiving yards and fourth in yards per reception, proving to be one of the most dangerous big-play threats in the land. 

He put an exclamation point on that statement with his second touchdown on Saturday, a 64-yard catch-and-run:

Auburn has shown inconsistency on defense this year, but its not like the Tigers, who entered the day 45th in America in yards per pass allowed, are a cupcake on that side of the ball. This was an incredibly impressive showing from Evans no matter which way you slice it. 

On the college football level, there's very little question that Evans is the frontrunner for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the nation's best WR. 

Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, who has benefited from a pass-heavy Beavers attack, and Odell Beckham are also in the thick of the race right now, but if Evans has many more games—err, quarters—like this, he may run away from the pack.

On the NFL level, his stock continues to rise. Back in September,'s Bucky Brooks called him a "potential No. 1 receiver at the next level," and with performances like this in the gritty SEC, it's not hard to see why.

Size (6'5", 225 pounds), explosiveness, playmaking abilityEvans is showing the entire package right now.