Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Sheroid Evans
By Carter Strickland
During the summer, HornsNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Texas roster -- excluding the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class -- in our Burnt Orange Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
From No. 1 Mike Davis to No. 99 Desmond Jackson, HornsNation is evaluating the Texas roster numerically. View the entire Burnt Orange Breakdown series.
Expectations for 2013: Texas’ coaching staff was pleasantly surprised by Evans in the spring. After two seasons of being an after thought, as well as running track during the spring, Evans stuck with football throughout the spring and turned himself into a reliable backup at cornerback. He should be the first option at corner when Texas goes to the nickel package and moves Quandre Diggs inside. Duke Thomas still has a shot at that position, but with Thomas also playing wide receiver, it appears more likely that Evans will get the call first as the nickel corner. Given that Texas will play a lot of nickel in the Big 12 against the likes of Oklahoma, State, West Virginia, Baylor and others, Evans should see plenty of time on the field.
Best–case scenario for 2013: Evans has never started a game for Texas or played significant snaps at the cornerback position. So for him to survive, and even thrive, he will have to gain confidence early against teams like BYU and Ole Miss. If he can have some success in those two games, that could set him up to have a solid season at corner. He has a tremendous amount of speed and very good hands. He is also not afraid to hit -- although his tackles have primarily come on special teams. He only has 12 career tackles in two seasons at Texas. But if Evans plays to his talent level and is not put in difficult positions early, he should be set up for a successful season.
Worst-case scenario for 2013: Again, Evans is not exactly a veteran when it comes to producing during crunch time. He could be put into some tough spots early, particularly against Ole Miss. Another factor could be the play of the safeties. If the safeties do not produce and Diggs is thrown into that spot spot, Evans would have to take over his position at cornerback. Evans has never started there and rarely played backup. So in a pass-happy league, Texas would have an untested and unproven cornerback trying to lock down one side while Carrington Byndom, who had an off year last season, is trying to secure the other.
Future expectations: Evans appears as if he will be he starter at one of the cornerback spots in 2014. Diggs will likely leave early and Byndom is a senior so both spots should be open. Texas would like to get him as many opportunities to play as possible this season so he is ready for 2013. He has the skills to be successful, but he needs the experience to prove he can handle the job.