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USF Football BIO
69 Evan Gentry

CAREER: has 84 career tackles, including 55 solo stops...registered 29.5 TFLs for a -65 yards...recorded 10.5 sacks with three quarterback hurries, fumble recovery and forced fumble...has recorded team high in sacks two straight years (5.0 in 2013, 5.5 in 2014)...seven times in his career, recorded two or more TFLs...twice has recorded a career-best four TFLs...in classroom, earned Academic All-NCC honors and received the "Outstanding Leadership, College Week" award from Media Studies during the Spirit of Excellence Awards Celebration.

2014 (SOPHOMORE): had 47 tackles, including 32 solo stops...finished with 20.5 TFLs for combined losses of -65 yards...ranked 20th in NCAA DII and second in the NSIC with those 20.5 TFLs or 1.71 per game - the highest average per game average in the league...registered a team high 5.5 sacks, which ranked ninth in the NSIC...registered three quarterback hurries and had a forced fumble and fumble recovery...five times recorded five or more tackles in a game...had two or more TFLs in a game five times...twice recorded career-high four TFLs, including against St. Cloud State (9/19)...against SCSU had six solo stops, six total tackles and the four TFLs...also recorded a sack against Huskies...had four TFLs (-10 yards in losses) and career-best six solo tackles against Concordia, St. Paul (11/4) at home...had five tackles against Upper Iowa (11/8) and Central Oklahoma in the Mineral Water Bowl (12/6)...recorded sacks vs. Minot State (9/6), SCSU, MSU-Moorhead (9/27), Winona State (10/25) and Central Oklahoma (12/6) in a 42-10 Mineral Water Bowl win...recovered a fumble in 27-14 loss at #1 Minnesota State (11/1)...forced a fumble in win at MSU-Moorhead...Gene Upshaw Award nominee for lineman of the year in DII...named second team All-NSIC.

2013 (FRESHMAN): A true freshman who made an immediate impact on the USF defensive line…played in all 11 games with five starts…led the team with 5.0 sacks which ranked him 12th in the NSIC (142nd nationally)…tied for the team lead with 9.0 tackles-for-a-loss totaling a team-best 39 yards…his 37 tackles included 23 solo stops… .finished with three total tackles against Northern State…registered the first sack of his career (-1) and a career-best six tackles, including two TFL for four yards, in the loss at U-Mary…made two solo tackles with one TFL (-11) and sacked Crookston quarterback Kyle Larson for a loss of 11 yards…added four tackles (0.5 TFL) versus SMSU…logged three solo tackles—including one TFL for eight yards— and recorded a sack for a loss of eight yards in the loss to Winona State…made his first career start at Concordia-St. Paul and totaled three tackles (0.5 TFL for one yard)…finished with four tackles and a quarterback hurry versus rival Augustana…recorded four tackles at Upper Iowa…disrupted No. 1 Minnesota State to the tune of five tackles with 2 1/2 TFLs for a combined loss of 12 yards and hauled down Maverick senior signal-caller Jon Wolf twice (11 yards) for his team-leading fourth and fifth sacks of the season…recorded a tackle for loss of two yards and totaled three tackles at Wayne State.  

HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at North Florida Christian...four-year letterman for the Eagles...named Class 2A first-team all-state as a senior...helped lead NFC to a state title, earning a spot on the all-tournament team and second-team all-state recognition in 2011...finished junior campaign with 105 tackles, eight sacks, three caused fumbles and also recovered two fumbles...ranked No. 32 prospect in Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Panhandle Super 60...three-time Big Bend all-conference and two-time Northwest Florida all-region selection...2012 Tallahassee Quarterback Club Mickey Andrews Defensive Player of the Year...played in annual Florida vs. Georgia All-Star Football Game...also three-year basketball and one-year track and field letterwinner...recipient of Biletnikoff Award Scholarship, which recognizes high-school seniors for their excellence in academic and extra-curricular activities.

PERSONAL: Son of Michael and the late Stephanie Gentry, Lynn Budd (stepmother)...born March 17, 1995 in Evansville, Ind., has one brother, Drew, a graduate assistant for USF, who played offensive tackle for the Cougars in 2014...media studies major...English minor...career goal to become an ESPN college football analyst...lost mother at age of 11.  

Position: Defensive Lineman
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 256
Year: Junior
Hometown: Tallahassee, Fla.
High School: North Florida Christian
Graduating Year: 2013
Major: Media Studies
Experience: 2 Letters