Quandre Diggs wants to put an end to some speculation. Diggs, a junior next season, said he would remain at cornerback, the position he played as a freshman and sophomore.
Diggs has, however, added the responsibility of playing nickel back and covering slot receivers, the spot vacated by senior Kenny Vaccaro.
“We can put those rumors to rest about me playing safety, because that’s not what I’m doing,” Diggs said on Wednesday. “I’m playing nickel and I’m playing corner. I don’t have a problem playing safety, but that’s not where I’m needed right now.”
Diggs led the Longhorns in interceptions as a freshman and sophomore with four each season.
Longhorn wide receiver Mike Davis did not have much to say Wednesday regarding his about-face back in January.
The Longhorns’ junior wide receiver surprised many, including officials at Texas, when ESPN reported on Jan. 10 that he planned to ditch his senior season and enter the NFL draft. But later the same day, Davis had a change of heart and said he would return to the Longhorns.
“I was going through some stuff, thinking about a lot of things,” Davis said on Wednesday. “It was a tough decision but I put that past me. I figured I want to win a championship, beat everybody, leave the right way.”
Davis ranked second on the Longhorns last season in receptions with 57. His seven catches for touchdowns led the team.
Brown to get Neyland Trophy
Mack Brown has been named the 2013 recipient of the Neyland Trophy, presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club. The trophy is awarded annually to an “outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics,” according to the quarterback club.
Brown will receive the award on April 20 at the East Tennessee chapter of the National Football Foundation in Knoxville and be honored on the field later that afternoon in pregame ceremonies before Tennessee’s Orange and White Game.
The Neyland Trophy is named in honor of Gen. Robert R. Neyland, the longtime head coach at Tennessee who died in 1962.
“It’s a huge honor for me,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “Having grown up in Middle Tennessee, the legend of General Neyland has been with me all of my life. From the time I was a little kid, I can remember my dad and granddad, who were both football coaches, talking about him. I came to respect not only what he meant to the game of college football and to our state of Tennessee, but also what his military service meant to America.”