Husker Nation let out a collective gasp in the first quarter last Saturday against Missouri when starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard had a nasty collision with fellow teammate Courtney Osbourne, knocking Dennard out of the game with a concussion, and placing freshman CB Ciante Evans into a HUGE pressure situation.
How'd he do?
I'd say pretty good, considering the circumstances. Missouri played with 5-wide sets at times, ensuring that Evans would be one-on-one with a Tiger WR (Speaking of which, LaVonte David...what more can you say about the kid? Shows he's very good in coverage, too.)
Back to Evans. A true freshman from Arlington, Tex., Evans finished the game with 2 unassisted tackles and 2 assisted tackles, and a huge pass break-up in the end zone for the Huskers. He went out following the play, but came in on the play after. Beat 2 times on pass attempts, he did enough to get back in recovery to prevent big plays for the Tigers and Blaine Gabbert.
The 4-star recruit came ready to play, and Husker fans can be very excited about his future. Ranked among the Top 50 cornerbacks in the nation by Rivals out of high school, and recruited by the likes of TCU, Oklahoma, and other Big 12 schools, Evans showed Saturday why he is ahead of fellow teammates Andrew Green and Anthony West, who are longer tenured, for the backup role. The kid has talent, and draws Prince-like comparisons. It's scary to think that he's just a freshman. Watch out, Big 10.
Counter that with the news that Charles Jackson, a current 4-star CB recruit from Texas, is "heavily" leaning toward committing to Nebraska, and that Huskers secondary does not drop off a lot when Amukamara and Dennard eventually head off to make their millions in the NFL, presumably.
Nebraska's got a player, folks. Dennard probably returns this week, but is there any Husker fan worried about the opposite corner postion of Prince if Dennard is a no-go?