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Boise State wide receiver Octavius Evans (82) leaps with the ball over Virginia defensive tackle Juwan Moye (99) during a game at home Sept. 22, 2017.

The Idaho Press is counting down the 20 most important players for the Boise State football team in 2019. Next up on our list is No. 18, Octavius Evans:

There was no bigger mystery last season than what was up with wide receiver Octavius Evans, who had just two catches and was a non-factor after an impressive freshman season in 2017.

Evans hopes to reintroduce himself to Boise State fans this fall, and the Broncos would gladly take it.

Hopes were high for Evans heading into last year after he had 15 catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman. Some were even labeling him as possibly Boise State’s No. 1 receiver heading into 2018.

But a leg injury during fall camp never fully healed, and he was limited to just a handful of snaps in five games. Had he played in four games or less, he could have used the season as a redshirt. He instead played a few snaps in five games, and basically wasted the year.

Part of the mystery or oddness of his situation was that he was seen practicing for much of the second half of the season, but didn’t appear in games. Coaches said the injury just never healed as much as it needed for him to contribute.

Evans didn’t participate in spring ball and wore a protective boot on his leg, but the Broncos are hopeful that he’ll be fully cleared to participate in fall camp.

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The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Evans has the size to be a dynamic weapon in the red zone, which he showed both as a freshman and then again last spring before the injury. He’s bigger than most wide receivers on Boise State’s roster, and would give them an element they don’t currently have.

Evans is a wildcard, given he contributed basically nothing last season, but his potential is hard to ignore if he can get healthy and stay on the field.

Boise State’s 20 Most Important Players in 2019{/span}

No. 20: Chase Hatada

No. 19: DeAndre Pierce

{span class=”print_trim”}No. 18: Octavius Evans

B.J Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013. He is an Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll voter, and also contributes to KBOI-TV as a Boise State insider.

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