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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dawgs to Watch No. 2: Bryan Evans

Cornerbacks Bryan Evans and Prince Miller are so close, coaches have taken to calling them Batman and Robin.

The friendship might make things tough when the two are battling for playing time, but Evans said it actually makes standing on the sideline much easier.

"When Prince is on the field, I cheer just like I'm on the field," Evans said. "I feel if he makes a play, he's a part of me because I'm making him better if he's the starter. So, all that falls into place."

That doesn't mean the junior from Jacksonville, Fla. isn't interested in spending as much time on the field as possible.

Evans said this was the best camp of his career, and while he wants to see Miller do well, he wants to make an impact on Georgia's defense, too.

"I like to play, I'm pretty sure he likes to play, too, but at the end of the day, I'm pretty sure we get the same amount of snaps," Evans said.

Last season Miller got the starting nod eight times, however, and Evans just twice. He still finished the season with 17 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception, and those are the numbers Evans said he's more concerned with.

"It's good to see you on TV at the starting lineup," Evans said, "but at the end of the day, if you're making plays, it's all the same thing."

With the Bulldogs' first game of the new season just days away, the battle for the starting job remains up in the air. Evans was listed as the starter on the latest depth chart, but head coach Mark Richt said that was hardly etched in stone.

"Until coach comes out with the paper," Evans said, "you never know."

Evans will definitely earn significant playing time whether he's on the field at the start of the game or not. And in nickel packages that require three corners, both Evans and Miller will play side by side Batman and Robin teaming up to defend the Georgia secondary.

The practice-field battles the two have shared keep them on their toes for those game-day situations, and the battle for playing time has only helped them both, Evans said.

"I wouldn't say it's a rivalry, it's more of a friendship," Evans said. "We know our roles as teammates."

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