Evans fighting for PT

ATHENS – If topping the chart of all of the most-recent cornerbacks in Georgia's strength and conditioning program is a sign of things to come, then expect big things from Bryan Evans.

Evans sat last season out, but is fighting for playing time this year behind the recently-suspended Thomas Flowers, Ramarcus Brown and true freshman Asher Allen. Brown, Allen and Evans are now in a dog fight to see which will get the starting job against Western Kentucky in the season opener.

"I was motivated because of the time I lost in the spring," Evans said of the competition. "I came in and benched 390 pounds. I was motivated to break the record."

Highly touted coming out of Jacksonville's White High School, Evans was a second team USA Today All-USA Team selection and was also in Scout.com's National Hot 100 list. Georgia got him after fighting off LSU, Tennessee and Illinois in 2005.

At White, Evans tallied five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, caused one fumble and recovered two more. He rushed for 427 yards and three touchdowns and had 343 yards receiving for two more touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, Evans rushed for 732 yards and 15 touchdowns on 66 carries and also caught a touchdown pass. On defense that year, he picked off five passes, returning one for a score. He also returned four kicks for touchdowns.

It's that sort of talent that had the coaching staff eager to get him on scholarship with the Bulldogs. It was thought Evans could have an impact on last season's team, but he redshirted when it became clear he would be used sparingly, if at all, to backup Tim Jennings and DeMario Minter.

No matter the outcome of the battle to win the starting cornerback job opposite Paul Oliver, Evans will have a say in special teams play.

"There is a lot of competition for not a lot of time," Evans admitted. "With Ramarcus, Asher and Prince Miller it has been hard, but I am motivated knowing that there are guys younger than I am trying to make my spot."

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