The Shaq attack is back: Riders re-sign star receiver Shaq Evans

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American wide receiver Shaq Evans to a contract extension.

Evans suffered a broken leg early in the 2021 season but was still able to record 25 receptions for 224 yards over seven regular season games. He dressed for the West Semi-Final against Calgary and the West Final against Winnipeg and made one catch for minus-four yards.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound receiver enjoyed a successful rookie season in 2018, playing in 17 games and recording 785 yards receiving. He had a breakout year the following year when he registered 72 receptions for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns. He was named a CFL all-star and led the league in average yards per catch (18.6 yards) and receptions over 30 yards or more (15).

Prior to joining the Riders, the 30-year-old California native was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round, 115th overall, of the 2014 NFL Draft and spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Evans spent four seasons at UCLA (2010-13) and played in 40 games with the Bruins. He tallied 126 receptions for 1,895 yards and 14 touchdowns and led the team in receptions for his final two seasons and earned an All-Conference Honourable Mention in 2013.

He started off his collegiate career at Notre Dame playing six games for the Fighting Irish, making seven receptions for 61 yards before transferring to UCLA.