Evans enjoying his nickel spot

If the season started tomorrow, Nebraska junior Ciante Evans would be the Huskers starting nickel. The idea sits good with Evans.

Lincoln, NE - If Nebraska's season started tomorrow, junior defensive back Ciante Evans would be the Huskers starting nickel.

After playing mostly cornerback the past two seasons, Evans is adjusting to his new role and from the sounds of it, he likes it better than his old position.

"You get to be more physical at the line of scrimmage. You really get to be able to put your hands on them, because you get over the top help at times," said Evans when asked why he likes nickel better than corner. "I can really be physical and get up and press, taking the wide receiver out of play."

With Nebraska's multiple sets, it's likely Evans will play multiple spots this fall, and Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph wants the junior to get cornerback reps as well.

Playing multiple positions is something Evans takes pride in, considering so many former Husker defensive backs in the past decade have played more than one spot.

"You have to go out and play with a chip on your shoulder when you have had guys before you go out and do it," said Evans. "We still have guys, not just me, but younger guys trying to do it. We have guys who can player inside and outside.

With so many different style offenses in the Big Ten, it's easy to understand why Joseph wants Evans to get cornerback reps as well. Playing nickel, one week to the next he might play a lot and then very little.

"I really don't look whats up ahead. I'm just trying to focus on right now," said Evans, when asked if he looks at the schedule and thinks about teams he might get a lot of work against. "I can't determine the future, you can never determine the future, something might happen."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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