UT's Diggs insists he's not needed at safety

March, 28, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas – Quandre Diggs wants to quell all the rumors.

"I feel like we can put those rumors to rest about me playing safety this spring because that’s not what I’m doing," said the junior defensive back. "I’m playing nickel and corner. I don’t have a problem playing safety, but that is not where I’m needed right now."

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AP Photo/Rogelio V. SolisThe Longhorns experimented with playing Quandre Diggs at safety but he's sticking at cornerback.
There was a thought back in December that -- with Kenny Vaccaro leaving and the remaining safeties underperforming throughout 2012 -- Texas could move Diggs to safety. He even took some reps at that spot in bowl practice. Texas appeared to be deeper at corner and therefore could afford to make the move.

But there has been steady improvement, and as a direct result much more faith, in returning safeties Adrian Phillips, Mykkele Thompson and Josh Turner. Phillips is expected to be the leader of that group and the one certain starter. Many of his problems in 2012 were pinned on a shoulder injury that hampered his development.

"I have a lot of faith in those three guys in safety so we can put those rumors to rest," Diggs said.

Texas also appears ready to have some faith in cornerbacks Duke Thomas and Sheroid Evans. Many of the teams Texas plays will force nickel sets. That means Diggs will slide into that nickel spot leaving the cornerback spot empty for either Thomas or Evans. (Carrington Byndom will be at the other corner.)

Neither Evans nor Thomas has had significant game experience at corner. Thomas played as a true freshman but only as a backup. Evans saw action in nine games and also missed a large chunk of last spring to compete in track.

"We’ve got a great rotation right now with Duke Thomas and Sheroid Evans," Diggs said. "Those guys are going at it for that third corner and they’ve got to continue to bring their A game each and every day and continue to get better."

Texas has also used Leroy Scott and Bryson Echols as cornerbacks this spring.

Davis talks about almost entering NFL draft

Mike Davis dipped a toe in the NFL waters back in January. For a brief, two-to-three hour period, the Texas wide receiver declared for the draft. But before hiring an agent and really before news had spread too far, Davis decided returning to Texas for his senior year would be the more prudent move.

"I just talked to my family and [wide receivers coach Darrell] Wyatt and [co-offensive coordinator Major] Applewhite and I just seen the big picture and decided to come back," Davis said. "I just figured before I left here I wanted to win a championship and beat everybody and leave the right way."

Davis led Texas in receiving yards with 939 as well as touchdowns receptions (seven). He was second on the team in catches with 57. He is the most experienced of the Texas receivers and has been the main target throughout spring because of an injury to Jaxon Shipley and the suspension of Cayleb Jones.

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