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NB’s Evans ready to keep UK football players healthy

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By Mike Farner

 HEBRON ESTATES - Not every college athletic signing is for the biggest, strongest or fastest high school senior.

That is the case for North Bullitt senior Ben Evans who signed in early June with the University Kentucky Athletic Training Staff. This fall, he will be on the sidelines helping Wildcat athletes stay in the game.

At North Bullitt, Evans’ athletic accomplishments were as a baseball player, but for the past two falls, he has been assisting with the Eagle football team as a trainer.

“Coach Barger (North Bullitt athletic director Lee Barger) got an application and asked if I wanted to apply,” Evans said after making it all official in front of his family in the North Bullitt library. “They called me in for an interview and the next week they offered me a position.”

This is not a full-ride scholarship. In fact, Evans will have to pay his own way for the first school year. If he stays, he can get a 20 percent scholarship his second year and those numbers can climb to 60 percent by the time he is a senior.

Evans is the first to admit that getting athletic aide for something he did on the field was probably not in the cards.

“I wasn’t cut out for Division I football so I thought this would be a good way to stay involved,” the North Bullitt senior said. “I’ve always liked the medical side of things. I like to see people recover.”

The 18-year-old son of David and Sonja Evans pretty much was going to attend school in Lexington if the training offer had come through or not.

“UK was the only college I really looked at,” Evans said. “I looked at a few others, but not real close. When I saw they had athletic training, that worked for me.”

Evans has two sisters, Whitney and Megan. Whitney is 19 and after finishing at North Bullitt is now at Indiana University Southeast. Megan, 17, is a student at North Bullitt.

The athletic training part won’t just be a sideline. Evans plans to major in exercise science or physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Evans did play basketball for two years at North Bullitt but did not continue that past his sophomore year. The sport he did continue was baseball, something he did for five years, being either a first baseman or a catcher.

“My baseball playing days are done,” Evans said.

But his days with baseball are not done. For the fifth summer, he has been umpiring baseball at Blue Lick, Okolona and the Jeffersontown leagues.

That will come to an end soon as he has to report to Kentucky on Aug. 3. School will start on Aug. 24 and he plans to be working on the sideline when the Wildcats play at the University of Louisville on Sept. 2.

I’ve been to a few UL and UK games,” Evans said. “It will be a different experience being on the field.

“I can’t wait,” the senior concluded. “I’m counting down the days now.”