EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) _ Former Nebraska running back DeAngelo Evans will enroll next month at Division II Emporia State and participate in spring football drills.

Evans, who was a high school standout at Wichita Collegiate, left Nebraska in September. The 5-foot-9, 215-pound back said he was ready for a fresh start.

``I really liked Coach (Jerry) Kill and the coaching staff, and I think I can help turn the program around,'' Evans told the Emporia Gazette in Thursday's editions. ``It was a good fit for me, because of what they wanted to do on offense. The whole atmosphere was great.''

Evans visited Emporia State Nov. 9 when the Hornets beat Washburn 45-20. Emporia State finished the season 4-5 overall and 3-5 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

An I-back at Nebraska, Evans rushed for 994 yards on 186 carries in 14 games, but was prone to injury. He missed the 1997 season with a groin injury.