Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Countdown to UGA-GSU: 3 Days

#3 Bryan Evans, CB
5-11, 190, Jacksonville FL (Ed White HS), Jr.
Evans signed with UGA in 2005 as one of the top cornerback prospects in the country, and chose the Dawgs over the likes of LSU, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida and Florida State. After a redshirt season (primarily to figure out whether he'd end up as a corner or safety - although he also got experience on the offensive side of the ball), he entered 2006 as a 2nd string cornerback and wound up starting 4 games (including the last 3 of that season.) A nagging hamstring in August 2006 cost him the starting spot he had earned the prior spring. He was primarily the 3rd corner most of that season, but did manage to start 2 games, and even got his first career interception in the blackout game vs Auburn. He battled some nagging injuries all season long in 2007, including a really bothersome knee injury that hampered him throughout his career, but last season in particular. Evans is the undisputed "fastest man on the team" (he consistently runs a sub 4.3 forty), but at times he has struggled covering the deep ball, perhaps because of the lower body injuries he's had throughout his career. With a shutdown corner like Asher Allen on the opposite side, Evans could see a great deal of action from opposing quarterbacks, and UGA needs more consistency from him. Hopefully a full season of clean health will give Willie Martinez just that.
Depth Chart Analysis: The latest depth chart was released yesterday, and Evans is now listed as the starter at wc. He's being pushed hard by Prince Miller (previously listed as the starter) and Vance Cuff, but for now it appears we'll see Evans out there for the opening defensive play against GSU. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt that his health was a key contributor to some of his past struggles. If he can stay completely healthy in 2008, it would be absolutely enormous for Martinez and the UGA defense.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Best write-up yet.

Evans has got to step it up this year. He has been a liability his whole career.

He was burnt time and time again in the SC game last year and then again at the end of regulation against bama (setting up their tying score).

Here's to hoping he finally lives up to his expectations.