Ernest, Evans Switch to Secondary
April 7, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With the departure of three-fourths of its starting secondary, the Indiana football team looked to the offense to find replacements. Matt Ernest and Mitchell Evans fit the bill and made the switch from wide receiver to the defensive backfield.
Ernest, who is also pitching for the IU baseball team this spring, has looked strong in his move to cornerback. He made seven receptions for 69 yards and a score at wideout last season.
The Crown Point, Ind., native played defensive back at Crown Point High School, where he recorded 52 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups as a senior. Ernest wrapped up his career with 84 tackles, 10 interceptions and 14 pass breakups.
Evans has seen limited action this spring due to a hip injury. He will find himself at safety in the fall, the position where he played as a true freshman. Evans played in all 13 games and finished the year with 13 tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup in 2007.
The West Milton, Ohio, native arrived to IU as a quarterback before switching to safety during preseason camp in 2007. In 2008, Evans returned to quarterback and moved to wide receiver in the preseason.
He remained at wide receiver in 2009, where he ranked fourth on the team with 33 catches for 366 yards and third on the team with three touchdowns and 11.1 yards per reception. Evans also took 69 snaps in the Wildcat formation and rushed for 131 yards on 32 attempts (4.1 average) and was 3-of-7 for 21 yards.
The duo stopped to talk to IUHoosiers.com following a practice earlier this spring:
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