Wide receiver John Burt hauls in a pass under pressure from Sheroid Evans during the 2016 University of Texas Orange-White Game April 16. 04/16/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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DBs vs. WRs: Which position boasts the best speed at Texas?

Posted August 29th, 2016


Senior defensive back Sheroid Evans bragged on Monday that he had the best style among the players on the University of Texas’ football team, but he was also confident that the team’s fastest players could be found in the secondary. In fact, Evans said that Texas’ defensive backs would beat the Longhorns’ wide receivers in a relay race.

Evans put together a hypothetical relay team that featured himself, junior Antwuan Davis and sophomores Kris Boyd and John Bonney with freshman Chris Brown serving as an alternate. Evans said that Davis would be the defensive backs’ anchor, and he’d run the second leg since “that’s where you create that separation.”

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Evans analyzed that the six-foot-one-inch, 192-pound Bonner doesn’t “look like he’s fast, but he’s fast.” As for the other three legs on this relay team? They previously shined on the University of Texas campus while competing at the University Interscholastic League’s state track and field meet.

While attending Fort Bend Dulles in 2009, Evans won Class 5A championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. In 2015, Boyd won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash and ran on Gilmer’s Class 4A record-setting 800-meter relay team. Davis picked up a silver medal (200-meter dash) and bronze medal (100-meter dash) while representing Bastrop at the Class 4A meet in 2013.

If this relay race ever happens, the wide receivers would likely need sophomore John Burt and freshman Devin Duvernay to get their hands on the baton. Burt was the runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles at this past spring’s Big 12 Championships, and the Sachse-bred Duvernay won Class 6A’s 100-meter sprint in 2015.

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