To borrow a phrase from Stephen Colbert, let’s play another game of “Better Know A Husker.”
As we did with Kenny Bell, Baker Steinkuhler and Daimion Stafford, this time we take a closer look at defensive back Ciante Evans. A two-year starter, Evans is part of a Nebraska secondary that has some questions to answer going into 2012.
Let’s get to know him a little better.
Nebraska was the only school that Evans visited during his recruitment. But according to Huskers.com, he had offers on the table from Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU. So Evans arrived in Lincoln with some expectations of his talent level and ability to perform on the field.
An injury to Alfonzo Dennard pressed Evans into meaningful service as a true freshman, coming off the bench against Missouri. He responded with two pass breakups and helped Nebraska knock off the Tigers 31-17 and give the Victory Bell a permanent home in Memorial Stadium.
He started the following week against Iowa State, helping NU earn an overtime win in Ames.
In addition to the playing time Evans saw as a freshman, he also got significant playing time as a sophomore, seeing action in each of Nebraska’s games in 2011.
He will come into 2012 as a junior with plenty of on-field game experience.
In 2011, not only did he participate in every game, but he had either an assist or a tackle in every contest. He also had one tackle for loss and three pass breakups in 2011.
Mohammed Seisay, a junior college transfer, is all but certain to win one starting cornerback position. That leaves Evans to battle with Andrew Green, Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Braylon Heard (among others) for the other spot, or fall back into a nickel coverage role he played for part of 2011.
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