Honors & Awards
Senior defensive back Ciante Evans was a key member of the Nebraska secondary each of the four years of his Nebraska career. He capped his highly productive career with an All-Big Ten season in 2013.
One of four team captains in 2013, Evans provided leadership for a young Husker defense that has made great strides throughout the season. The 5-11, 190-pound Evans started every game, and was one of the most versatile defenders Nebraska has had in Bo Pelini’s tenure as head coach. The Texas native has the ability to line up at cornerback, but spent much of his time in the nickel role for the Blackshirts, and his knowledge of the defensive scheme makes him a natural at that spot.
Evans’ outstanding play in 2013 was recognized, as he was a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the league’s coaches and a second-team selection by the media.
Evans’ versatility was evident by looking at his stat line. He is tied for the team lead with four interceptions, including two against Southern Miss, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also has six pass break-ups to help Nebraska rank third in the Big Ten in opponent pass completion percentage.
Evans has 45 total tackles, with three games of at least five tackles, including a season-high eight tackles each against Michigan State and Northwestern. He also ranked among the Big Ten leaders with 11 tackles for loss, all in conference play, and he added three sacks for 28 yards. Evans had five tackles for loss against Northwestern, setting a Nebraska defensive back game record.
Both the 11 tackles for loss and three sacks established Nebraska season position records for defensive backs. Evans’ 15 career tackles for loss were just two shy of the defensive back position record of 17 by Mike Brown.
Evans had a season-high six tackles against both Fresno State and Washington, and had a breakup against the Bulldogs. He had four tackles, including three solo stops, at No. 7 Wisconsin, then had single tackles against both Ohio State and Minnesota. He added a PBU against the Gophers. Evans made two tackles against Michigan State, then had five stops in a loss to Northwestern. He had one tackle each in the final three regular-season games, including a TFL against Iowa. He notched three solo tackles in the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina.
Before Nebraska (Juan Seguin HS)
Evans also enjoyed a standout junior season when he made 28 tackles and had four interceptions to earn first-team all-district honors. Evans was ranked among the top 50 cornerbacks in the nation by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. The Dallas Morning News listed him as the No. 35 overall prospect in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and among the top 70 players in the state of Texas, while SuperPrep and Rivals.com both ranked him among the state's top 100 overall prospects.
Evans was also a standout for the Cougars' basketball team as he helped the squad to the regional semifinals in Class 5A as a senior after averaging double figures as a junior.
Evans only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU.
Evans' Career Statistics