Dane Evans: The waiting begins, so goodbye, for now

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Dane Evans does passing drills at APEC Athlete Performance Training Facility. Evans is a former Sanger quarterback Dane Evans, who went on to star at Tulsa University and is now preparing for the NFL Draft, Thursday, February 2, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Former Sanger standout and record-setting Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans is preparing for the NFL draft. Over the past several weeks, Evans has provided insight into his life as an NFL prospect chasing his dream of being drafted, despite being undersized and overlooked.


Immediately after my pro day was over on March 10, my family, my agent, my girlfriend and myself all went to go grub out after a very successful day. 

Up until that point, I had been eating like a bird, as I like to put it, which just means that I have been eating very healthy — protein, fruit, nuts, veggies, etc. 

Needless to say, after pro day I did not eat like a bird. I took my crowd to The Brook, one of my favorite spots in Tulsa , and it was everything I had been wanting for so long. 

If anyone is from Tulsa or has been to The Brook, then you know how much food they give you no matter what you order, and I almost finished my entire meal — chicken fried steak at least twice the size of my face, fries and mashed potatoes. Like I said, I did not eat like a bird last Friday. 

The next day, I took my girlfriend, Nikki, on a three-night mini-vacation to Branson, Missouri, for a little time to get away on our abbreviated spring break. 

Yes, I realize we were most likely the youngest people in Branson by 40 years. My unpredictable schedule prevented us from going somewhere like California, Florida or a more tropical spot because if a team were to call me and want to work me out, I would need to be available. 

So we hopped in the car and drove three hours to good ol' Branson. Even though it is definitely a family spot or a place for people a little bit older than us, we still had a good time. It was the perfect little getaway we needed. 

The remainder of the week was basically a microcosm of how my life will be until the NFL draft  in April. Every day, I get up, work out, do some conditioning and work on quarterback-specific skills. Talking to guys who have been through this process, I've learned this part of the process is one of the hardest. It is so hard because you are back at your school and not at the gym you have been at the last six weeks, which means you do not have the same specialized trainers you had access to. So there is a lot of self-will and self-discipline required during the process. 

Luckily for me, my trainers at APEC Fort Worth worked out an agreement with my agents and are texting and emailing me the workouts they would like me to do. It is working out really well, and if I ever have an issue with a workout or don't quite understand something, I can just call them up and they will help me. 

Also during this time of the process, you have to stay in great physical shape because up until the draft starts NFL teams can call you and schedule a time to come  work you out individually at your school. They also can invite you to their facilities, show you around and let you talk to the coaching staff. 

So, because I don't have much structure left until the draft, this will be my last weekly writeup for the Denton Record-Chronicle. I have had an awesome time writing these for all the people who read them. I have enjoyed all the old friends and other people telling me how much they look forward to them each week. 

I would like to specifically thank Adam Boedeker for having this idea and allowing me to do with it what I wanted. This has, by far, been one of my favorite things to do, and hopefully in the future we can continue to do more of these. 

Thank you to all the people who have read these and all the fans I have made in the process. And thank you to all the people who are rooting for me. If you would like to stay connected with me via social media, I am on Twitter at @daneevans9 and on Instagram at @devans9 and am pretty active on both. Once again, thank you to all!

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