NU to honor 2012 senior class pregame; watch live on BTN
2012: Was prepared to see time at his new position of superback but missed the entire season due to injury.
2011: Began the year as NU's backup quarterback before moving to the superback position during bowl practice ... Played against Eastern Illinois and recorded a 2-yard rush ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010: Played in seven games, taking over as the starter in place of an injured Dan Persa vs. Illinois ... Started the TicketCity Bowl against Texas Tech and threw for 76 yards on 10-of-21 passing, throwing for one TD and rushing for another ... At Wisconsin, threw for 123 yards on 13-of-22 passing, with one touchdown through the air and another on the ground ... Finished with 34 rushing yards against the Badgers ... Made his first career start at Wrigley Field vs. Illinois, completing 10-of-20 passes for 135 yards and rushing for 15 yards ... At Indiana, converted a fourth-quarter third-and-11 pass play on his first play of the game and finished 1-of-2 for 13 yards ... Misfired in his only pass attempt at Rice ... Made his collegiate debut vs. Illinois State, completing 2-of-4 passes for 31 yards and recording one carry for two yards.
2009: Did not see action.
High School:Rivals.com All-Region and SuperPrep All-Midwest Region quarterback ... Ranked 11th among all players in Rivals.com Illinois player ranking and second among quarterbacks ... Among pro-style quarterbacks, ranked 14th nationally by Tom Lemming, 19th by Rivals.com and 26th by ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. ... Tom Lemming Top Player ... Ranked 44th among all players in Midwest Region (six states) by SuperPrep ... Chicago Tribune special mention all-state honoree ... Two-time All-DuPage Valley Conference and all-area quarterback ... Walter Payton Roundhouse Player of the Week ... Four-year academic all-conference selection ... IHSA Academic All-State pick ... Led the Panthers to the 2007 Illinois Class 8A state title game ... Glenbard North compiled a two-year record of 15-9 ... Panthers lost in first round of 2008 8A playoffs ... Threw for 3,500 yards and 36 TD's (just 15 interceptions), while totaling 750 rushing yards and 15 rushing TD's in two seasons (2007-08) ... One of his prep highlights came in the 2007 8A semifinal versus state power Mount Carmel when he perfectly executed a flea-flicker to take the lead and upset the Caravan ... Team captain ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball for the Panthers ... Coached by Ryan Wilkens.
Personal: Born Evan Patrick Watkins ... Son of Bill and Ellen Watkins ... Father played football at Northern Illinois and uncle, Mike, played basketball at Loyola ... Learning and organizational change major and business institutions minor.