PRONUNCIATION: ROWT zun
WORTH NOTING: Two-year returning starter at offensive guard ... very underrated offensive lineman ... earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2000 ... has started 29 games over the last three seasons, including three bowls (1998 Peach Bowl, 1999 Micronpc.com Bowl and 2000 Jeep O’ahu Bowl) ... joins second-team All-ACC guard Josh Lawson as two of five offensive linemen in UVa history to start three bowl games ... three-year letter winner ... competing this fall as a first-year graduate student.
HONORS: 2001—Received the Virginia Student Aid Foundation’s Virginia McDowell Bowen Football Scholarship. 2000—Honorable Mention All-ACC ... named to All-ACC Academic Football Team.
AT VIRGINIA: 2000—Started all 11 games and in the Jeep O’ahu Bowl at right guard ... very quietly had an outstanding season ... rarely came out of a game (it’s estimated he played 98 percent of the team’s snaps) ... helped lead the way for tailback Antwoine Womack, the leading rusher in the ACC ... blocked for an offense that averaged 163.7 yards rushing and 195.5 yards passing per game ... earned his third letter. 1999—Starter at right guard in all 12 games … helped open holes for record-setting tailback Thomas Jones … Virginia featured a balanced offense, averaging 191.5 yards rushing and 211.0 yards passing per game … it marked the second year in a row Virginia averaged more than 400 yards of total offense per game … joined tackle Brad Barnes to anchor the right side of the line … both players started all 12 games during the season ... lettered. 1998—Played in 10 regular season games (all but opener vs. Auburn) and the Peach Bowl … started in five games, including the Peach Bowl ... stepped into the starting left guard spot when Noel LaMontagne went down with an ankle injury ... started against N.C. State, Wake Forest, Florida State and North Carolina … LaMontagne returned to the starting lineup vs. Virginia Tech in the regular season finale, but Routzahn played ... was inserted into the lineup for good early in the third quarter when LaMontagne moved to right guard, replacing Fady Chamoun who left the game with an injury ... started at left guard against Georgia in the Peach Bowl while LaMontagne took over Chamoun’s spot ... blocked for an offense that led the ACC that season in a variety of offensive categories, including rushing yards per game (213.1 ypg), rushing touchdowns (27), yards per rush (5.0), yards per play (6.1) and first downs per game (21.4) …Virginia averaged almost 100 yards more of rushing offense and 75 yards more of total offense in 1998 as compared to 1997 ... Virginia also featured the ACC’s leading rusher, Thomas Jones ... UVa compiled two of the top-three offensive outputs in the ACC in 1998, including a league-best 600 yards against Georgia Tech ... UVa also had 556 yards (third in league) against San Jose State ... the ground game posted three of the top five games in the ACC during the season, including two of the top three games (446 yards vs. San Jose State and 288 yards vs. Georgia Tech) ... earned his first letter. 1997—Red-shirted ... did not play in a game ... was in uniform against Auburn, Richmond, Wake Forest, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter in football at Middletown High School for head coach Tim Ambrose ... started at both offensive and defensive tackle his junior and senior seasons ... started at center as a sophomore ... first-team All-State and All-Big School selection as a senior ... twice first-team All-Area and All-League ... rated among the top 15 players in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep magazine ... participated in Chesapeake All-Star Classic ... team captain as a senior ... for his career, he compiled 197 tackles, eight pass deflections, and 16 quarterback sacks ... first football player from Middletown High School to receive a Division I scholarship ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... qualified for state championships in the discus and shot put.
PERSONAL: Evan Robert Routzahn ... born 3-1-79 in Frederick, Md. ... son of Glenn and Sally Routzahn ... has two brothers, Nathan (25) and twin Seth (22) ... Honor Roll student throughout high school ... member of Zion Lutheran Church Youth Group ... served as a volunteer for Group Work Camp ... received his undergraduate degree in sociology in May of 2001.