Will the Texas Longhorns have senior cornerback Sheroid Evans available during the 2015 season?
On Wednesday, head coach Charlie Strong revealed during a media availability at the Touchdown Club of Houston that Evans should be able to play in 2015 since he's only several weeks away from being healthy. It's a major addition to that inexperience cornerback corps because Evans has played in 27 career games and still possesses much of the tantalizing upside resulting from his 10.39 100m speed in high school. So there's a solid chance that he can earn the starting cornerback job opposite of senior Duke Thomas, assuming that he can stay healthy through fall camp.
Following the 6'0, 190-pounder's spring injury, many feared the worst -- that Evans had once again sustained a torn ACL during a non-contact play in practice, perhaps even to the same knee that that he injured in 2013 that required a redshirt season in 2014 to fully recover. The Texas staff never fueled that speculation by giving a definitive update on Evans, leaving his 2015 availability up in the air entering the summer, but a report from Horns247 indicated that the former four-star prospect would miss the entire season.
In other Texas injury news, senior linebacker Dalton Santos has a similar recovery timetable from an ankle injury as Evans does from his knee injury, while senior defensive tackle Desmond Jackson is further along than both after his 2014 season ended against UCLA due to a lisfranc injury. Thomas is also now fully recovered after he was limited during the spring and missed the Orange-White game because of an ankle injury.