Updated 2 years ago by Mary Jo Perino
DeQuin Evans never really felt like he got to show True Blue Fans the kind of player he could be. He was either hurt, or not on the field, much of his senior season.
But now he gets a chance to redeem himself in front of those same fans. He's trying to make the Cincinnati Bengals' roster, so he's working out for them at training camp at Georgetown College. Evans has longed for this opportunity.
"It feels like a dream come true. I'm out here, I'm looking under the lights, I'm seeing all the fans," said the former UK defensive end. "The great thing about it is I feel like I'm at home still. I'm in Kentucky still, I see a couple of fans out there, Big Blue Nation holding it down so it makes me feel good. It makes me feel like I've got to play harder because everybody is out there watching me."
It's not going to be easy to make this dream come true for DeQuin. It's always tough to make an NFL roster if you go undrafted, but it's even tougher when you have to switch positions.
DeQuin has played on the defensive line his whole life, but now the Bengals had made him move to linebacker. On Sunday, there were only six linebackers on the field in camp for the Bengals, so that should increase his odds.
"I'm glad I played in the SEC, I'll tell you that. It got me up to the speed of the game, it's just a little faster, I got great coaches up here though so I'm in that playbook like it's going out of style. I feel like I don't have nothing to lose but If I make the team which, you know, I'm praying for, I'm laying it all out here on the field, that will just be a blessing that nobody ever expected."
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis says Evans has a shot.
"He certainly looks the part and he catches your eye that way physically. Hopefully he'll have a great opportunity this summer to prove that he can make an NFL football team," said Lewis.