- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- University of New Hampshire linebacker Matt Evans, who grew up in Hanover, Mass., is a die-hard Patriots fan. That's why what has unfolded the last few days has been, in many ways, a dream come true for him.
Evans is among a handful of players at Patriots rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. He was spotted on the practice field Friday.
"To be out there on the field with the Patriots logo obviously means a lot to him," said Evans' agent, Abu Toppin, of Reliance Sports Management. "It's been a lifelong dream of Matt's to have this opportunity."
Evans, who attended high school at Thayer Academy, naturally would have jumped on any NFL opportunity but the fact it's the Patriots makes it particularly special. At the University of New Hampshire, he finished his career with more than 450 tackles and in 2011 was the Buck Buchanan Award winner as the national Football Championship Subdivision defensive player of the year.
At 6-foot-0 and 227 pounds, Evans is considered undersized for a linebacker. At UNH's Pro Day, his best time in the 40-yard dash was 4.62, and his movement skills -- particularly in coverage -- could give him his best chance to potentially earn a contract.