RCW: Sport Spotlight 4.12 (Football)
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Development. That is the name of the game and sophomore wide receiver Evan Fairs is one of those players Kansas football can point to when it talks about its development.
Fairs arrived at KU in the summer of 2016 out of Foster High School in the Houston suburb of Fulshear, Texas. The son of Eric and Charlet Fairs, Evan comes from an extremely athletic background. His father played linebacker in the NFL for seven seasons. His older sister, Erin, played volleyball at both South Florida and Louisville and is currently playing professionally overseas.
For the youngest of the Fairs it was only a matter of time before he made a name for himself. And that is where his development under the KU coaching staff has come into play.
As a freshman Fairs showed flashes of his ability in practice and eventually found his way into some games. He finished his freshman year playing in eight games, hauling in one catch for an eight-yard gain.
Long and lean, Fairs worked on his craft all spring and summer. He continues to work on gaining strength and his hard work is starting to show up on game days. Through 10 games in 2017, Fairs has hauled in 16 receptions for 262 yards. He was KU’s top receiver by yardage in the Jayhawks’ last outing as he recorded career bests in both receptions with seven and receiving yards with 104. On the season, Fairs leads the Kansas receivers in yards per reception at 16.4.
“Each passing day he’s getting stronger, which is great,” said Kansas head coach David Beaty. “Evan is a very talented guy. He’s got a chance to be one of the more talented ones that we’ve been around. He had to get over those freshmen humps. It was good to see him come out the other day and make the plays that he did. He’s got really nice hands, smooth hands. The more he understands route running, I think he can get even better.”
A better Evan Fairs is an exciting prospect.