The Texas Longhorns, under assistant head coach and defensive backs coach Duane Akina, have long been known by many college football fans as Defensive Back University, or DBU. In the last decade, the Horns have sent some amazing defensive backs to the NFL and they are looking to continue this tradition.
In the weeks leading up to the 2013 season, Rant Sports is previewing various members of this Texas Longhorns team. Today we will take a look at junior cornerback Sheroid Evans, who hopes to be next in a long line of outstanding defensive backs to hail from the 40 Acres.
Evans’ greatest asset his undoubtedly his off-the-charts speed. In fact, earlier this summer he was named the 7th fastest player college football by HeismanPundit.com. Sure an internet poll doesn’t mean much, but it does give a good indicator of how fast he truly is when compared to his peers.
Sheroid has been plagued by injuries his first two seasons in Austin which forced him to miss four games last year. Nevertheless, many close to the program feel he is poised to have to have a break-out season. With Quandre Diggs likely moving to the nickel this year to fill the void left by first round draft pick Kenny Vacarro, the team is in need for someone to step into the cornerback slot that Diggs has filled so well over the last two years and Sheroid Evans is the most likely person to assume that starting role.
With a renewed focus this spring –Evans sat out of track to focus solely on football–this very well could be the season that the 6-foot, 195-pound speedster steps up and makes a name for himself.