As a true freshman in 2010, Ciante Evans was thrown into the fire. The now sophomore would admit he had his ups and downs, but because of it he grew and now leads the way to start opposite of Alfonzo Dennard this season.
"It's a new season and we got new goals. I just have to come and play," said Evans.
Evans (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) was the primary backup to Dennard and NFL 1st round draft pick Prince Amukamara last year. He made an apperances in eight games, collecting nine tackles – with two key pass breakups in a victory over Missouri.
The experience that the Texas native received in the Big Ten should go a long way in his confidence level this season.
The sophomore shifts from pass happy teams running the spread, to more traditional teams that often run the ball just as much as pass.
"We have been really pleased with Ciante, he's progressing really well," said new Nebraska secondary coach Corey Raymond. "He's a really heady guy. He's very knowledgeable about playing the position. That's a really important thing. It means he was taught at the position. That's a testament to whoever was coaching him when he was younger.
"He's more of a student of the game. To know the position, you have to learn the history about the position and I think that's what he does, learn from the guys who came before him, guys who played the position."