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What do you do when you lose an elite talent like, say, Prince Amukamara?
If you're Nebraska, you just reload.
The Cornhuskers have one of the top cornerbacks in the nation in Alfonzo Dennard, and sophomore Ciante Evans looks to step into Amukamara's spot without missing a beat after flashing enormous promise as a true freshman.
Dennard was overshadowed by Amukamara last season, but recorded 31 tackles and four highlight-reel interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Quarterbacks shied away from the All-American's side, and Dennard made them pay dearly. When he went down with a concussion and missed two games, the Huskers badly missed him and were lucky to escape Ames without a loss.
Evans looks to follow in Dennard's footsteps as the team's No. 2 cornerback. He made just nine tackles in limited time and struggled a bit against Iowa State, but when he was forced into a starting role against Missouri, he made a big impression by breaking up two deep scoring opportunities and denying Blaine Gabbert a touchdown on fourth-and-goal. Evans figures to improve immensely in his second year.
The Huskers have yet to secure a championship under Bo Pelini, but their tandem of Dennard and Evans will bring them that much closer.