Getting his due

Ciante Evans (Getty Images)

On Monday, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said experts would be pretty hard pressed to find a better cornerback in the Big Ten Conference than Ciante Evans.

LINCOLN, Neb. - When the All-Big Ten teams are announced later today, Nebraska junior cornerback Ciante Evans' name might or might not appear on the list. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini knows it, to him, it doesn't matter.

"You watch the film, there is probably not a better defensive back in the league – I promise you," said the fifth-year head coach. "I have said it before, I don't know if he gets heralded the way he should.

"He doesn't get a lot of the publicity. I don't put a lot of stock in those things (all-conference teams)."

Nebraska currently ranks not only first in the Big Ten in passing defense, but now first in the country. The Huskers are only giving up 152.2 yards per game and Mitchell is considered Nebraska's No. 1 corner, even though a large portion of the time he's playing nickelback.

In 12 games this season, the junior has 54 tackles, two sacks, eight pass breakups, and one interception, which was returned for a touchdown.

"He's a really great DB," said Nebraska receiver Quincy Eunuwa, who matched-up with his teammate this summer in team voluntary workouts. "Every time he went up against us, he would ask us how he did. He really tried to better his game. It's really showed this year, he's shutting down some of the best wide receivers on other teams."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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