Q&A With Running Backs Coach Eric Evans

Eric Evans is in his first season as UAB's running backs coach.

Aug 28, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB running backs coach Eric Evans, who is one of four coaches entering their first season on the Blazers' football staff, sat down with UABSports.com for a question and answer session. 

The following is a brief Q&A with coach Evans as he prepares for the regular season.

How have you enjoyed the city of Birmingham through your first several months on the job?
"It is a great city, and my wife and I have really enjoyed it. There's a lot of things to do in the area -- a lot of restaurants, a lot of activities. You can go to Barons game, and do a lot of things downtown. 

"Having the chance to know coach (Garrick) McGee before I came made it a really comfortable fit and I have enjoyed getting to see the sites and sounds of our new home."

Talk about your relationship with head coach Garrick McGee and how you ended up at UAB.
"I was fortunate enough to meet coach McGee about seven years ago when he was the offensive coordinator at Northwestern. I was the offensive graduate assistant there. He has been a tremendous influence on my life. He has helped me develop and trained me to be a professional. He taught me a lot about the job a few years ago and I have carried that with me wherever I have been. So, I have been very fortunate to know him and I have been molded by his influence."

How excited are you to coach a deep running backs group, led by 2012 all-conference selection Darrin Reaves?
"We have a very talented group that is deep. Those guys push each other every day and to have competition and those guys pushing each other -- you can't take a day off. We are fortunate to have a young guy like Jordan Howard who is pushing those upperclassmen and making them better. So, really the competition helps make everyone the best they can be each and every day."



What has been the most rewarding moment in your career?
"One of my things is I have three goals for every player. My first goal is to turn out men of great character who are going to have an impact on society. The second goal is to turn out great student-athletes -- guys who are going to do well in the classroom. The third part is to turn out great football players. It is very rewarding to see guys that I have coached in the past and the present that go, and not only have success on the football field, but go and have an impact on the community and in society."

What do you like to do when you are away from the office?
"I love to play golf. I love to hit the golf course and swing the sticks a little bit. My wife and I enjoy hitting up neat restaurants and places we have never been before. Obviously, Birmingham offers a lot of fun things that are good distractions when you are not in the office."