8 Sep 2001:  Lee Evans #3 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrating in the end zone during the game against the Fresno State Bull Dogs at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. The Bull Dogs defeated the Badgers 32-20.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

Greatest Wisconsin Badgers of All-Time: No. 29 Lee Evans

No. 29 — Lee Evans, Football

Great wide receivers don’t come through Madison, Wis. very often, but when they do it is something to behold. One of the greatest ever, and certainly one of the top of the Barry Alvarez era was Lee Evans.

He certainly knew how to burst on to the scene, after spending his first year playing sparingly (just three receptions) Evans hit the ground running for the rest of his career. Evans’ sophomore campaign saw him haul in 33 receptions behind another star in Chris Chambers.

As Chambers graduated, UW fans were treated to easily the greatest statistical season from a wide receiver in school history. Evans’ junior season saw him rack up 75 receptions (XX in school history) for a Big Ten record 1,545 yards and nine touchdowns. His 128.8 yards per game average was also a Big Ten record.

It all added up to Evans being named first team All-American and being one of three finalists that year for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the best wide receiver in college football. However, Evans’ story was just beginning.

Rather than skip his senior season and ride off on the high to the NFL, Evans stuck around for his senior season. It would prove costly though, as Evans would blow up his knee in the 2002 spring game, tearing his ACL. He made an attempt to come back in the fall, but it was another surgery that was needed and not the Camp Randall turf.

Evans came back for his final season in 2003 and added 64 receptions for 1,213 yards and 13 touchdowns. Not a bad comeback season in the least.

He left UW as the career leader in receiving yards (3,468) and touchdowns (27), but also showcased a great dedication to the university and to his craft.

Evans would go on to a long career in the NFL after being drafted in the 1st round of the 2004 NFL Draft (No. 13 overall) by the Buffalo Bills.

Need a reminder of how good Evans was in the Cardinal and White…relive it all here:

Full 50 Greatest Badgers List:

No. 50Randy Jablonic
No. 49Alex Rigsby
No. 48Michael Lihrman
No. 47Howard “Cub” Buck
No. 46Don Davey
No. 45Pat O’Dea
No. 44Curtis Joseph
No. 43Dean Anderson
No. 42Ivy Martin
No. 41Ron Vander Kelen
No. 40Carly Piper
No. 39J.J. Watt
No. 38Joe Pavelski
No. 37Barb Franke
No. 36Dick Cable
No. 35Sam Dekker
No. 34Jolene Anderson
No. 33Paul Gruber
No. 32Mark Johnson
No. 31Chris Borland
No. 30Lisa Boyd

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com

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