Opportunity for a starting role is wide open after the departure of the top three defensive tackles from last season ... Played his first two years as a defensive end, then moved to the tackle position in 2012 ... Hard worker in the weight room, he has steadily added size and strength since his arrival ... Has played in 33 games, including three starts.
2013 (Junior): Saw time in all 12 games and had the most productive season at UK with 28 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss ... Also had two pass breakups and a fumble recovery ... Posted a career best five tackles vs. Mississippi State, while recording a sack vs. Miami (Ohio) ... Earned three or more tackles in six games.
2012 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games as a reserve tackle and on special teams ... Totaled 12 tackles ... Tied his career high of three stops in the win over Kent State ... Sacked the quarterback at Louisville.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in the last nine games, starting three ... Made 16 tackles ... Best game came at South Carolina, when he had three tackles, including two for loss and a quarterback sack ... Had season highs of four tackles at Vanderbilt and Georgia ... Also caused a fumble against the Bulldogs that was recovered by UK.
2010 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the Vanderbilt game.
High School: Three-year starter who played defensive end, middle linebacker, tight end and fullback at Largo (Fla.) HS ... Has been timed as fast as 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Made 75 tackles his senior season with five quarterback sacks ... Also caught 17 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns ... Named all-conference, all-county and all-district his senior season ... Helped Largo to Class AAAA state playoff appearances each year ... Team reached the state semifinals his sophomore and junior seasons, winning 12 and 13 games, respectively ... Played in the Pinellas County North-South All-Star Game and was called "the top prospect in this game, and the recent Kentucky commitment had a strong performance. He gets off the ball well and has good speed off the edge," wrote recruiting analyst Jamie Newburg of Rivals.com ... The nation's No. 70 defensive end as rated by Scout.com ... Coached by Rick Rodriguez ... "Mike has a great football demeanor," Rodriguez said. "He's an intense player, plays with a lot of passion, and is physical." ... Also participated in basketball and track and field ... Competed in the shot put and discus throw ... Finished fourth in the state in the shot put as a senior ... Member of the "5,000 Role Models" organization, the honor roll and Dean's List.
Personal: Born in New Haven, Conn. ... Son of Charlene Evans ... Comes from an athletic family ... His grandfather, Charles Evans, played football at Virginia State ... A great uncle, Richard Evans, played football and basketball at Virginia State ... Another great uncle, Robert Evans, played Negro League baseball with the Raleigh Tigers ... Mike has a major in family science.
Community Cats: Participated in events at the Veterans Administration Hospital (2010), Cardinal Valley Elementary, Northern Elementary, the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12), Read Across America (2011, `12), God's Pantry (2012, `13) and Shooting at Success (2013).
Michael Says ... My favorite thing about Coach Stoops is: laid back and cool but still demands perfection ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: athletic director or sports couples therapist ... The coolest thing about UK is: it's peaceful ... The one thing I like most about football is: the friendships I've created ... My hidden talent is: cooking ... Something people might not know about me is: I like to cook for my mom and grandmother when I go home.