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Texas DB coach Clay Jennings confirms return of CB Sheroid Evans

The oft-injured defensive back is giving it one more shot.

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Injury prone? No question. A quitter? Not exactly.

During a media availability to introduce the three new Texas Longhorns assistant coaches, defensive backs coach Clay Jennings confirmed that sixth-year senior cornerback Sheroid Evans will return in 2016 after he received a medical redshirt, even though he's missed each of the last two seasons due to injuries.

The projected starter for each of the last two years was finally fully recovered after suffering an ACL tear in October of 2013 and missing the entire 2014 season when he went down with a non-contact knee injury early in spring practice last year.

It was just another in a long line of setbacks for Evans on the football field -- he's played in 27 games in his career, but hasn't ever started despite high expectations accompanying him to campus after coming to Texas as a decorated track athlete who ran a 10.39 100m during his junior season and was ranked as the No. 7 safety and No. 128 player overall in the 2011 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

So the Longhorns will enter the 2016 season with some extra experience at cornerback, as Evans can provide some depth and valuable advice for younger players like sophomore Holton Hill, Davante Davis, and Kris Boyd, who could all figure into the rotation ahead of Evans. As a result of the competition Evans will face, there was speculation that he would elect to give up football and move on. However, the Fort Bend Dulles product will give things one more shot.