Texas Bowl – Dec 27
Coach: Matt Rhule
Baylor Players to watch:
Senior WR Jalen Hurd (6-4/229)
Hurd has made a huge impact in his first and only season on the gridiron at Baylor. A transfer from Tennessee, Hurd led the Bears with 69 receptions and 946 yards in the regular season. He scored four touchdowns through the air.
Senior P Drew Galitz (5-11/212)
Galitz ranks second in the Big 12 with a 42.43 punting average with a long punt of 62 yards and 18 downed inside the 20. He was selected to the All-Big 12 first team.
***Sophomore NT James Lynch (6-4/285)
Lynch leads the Baylor team with 9.0 TFL and 5.5 sacks. He was named a Freshman All-American by ESPN in 2017 and All-Big 12 second team this year.
*Junior LB Clay Johnstone (6-1/235)
Johnston has piled up tackles in 2018 with a Baylor-leading 95 stops, a total that ranks fifth in the Big 12. He averaged 13.3 tackles per game in the month of November and set a career high with 17 combined stops against Oklahoma State.
Coach: Derek Mason
Vanderbilt Players to watch:
*Junior CB JoeJuan Williams (6-3/205)
Williams, who has started 24 straight games for the Commodores, finished the year with 56 total tackles and 44 unassisted stops, both single-season career highs. He led all SEC defensive backs with 15 defensed passes and ranked second in the conference with four interceptions.
***Freshman LB Demitri Moore (6-3/215)
The Cedar Hill, Texas, native played in all 12 games for the Commodores, earning 10 starts as a redshirt freshman. Moore finished second on the team with 79 total tackles, chipping in 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three pass breakups and four quarterback hurries.
*Junior RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn (5-10/215)
Vaughn, who finished the regular season with 1,001 rushing yards and 10 touchdown, topped all SEC backs with a 7.0 yards/rush (min. 50 attempts). He also ranked among league’s most explosive players – topping all SEC backs with seven rushes of 40 or more yards and three rushes of 60 or more yards.
*Junior TE Jared Pinkney (6-4/255)
Pinkney authored one of the best seasons among SEC tight ends as a redshirt junior. He started all 12 games and finished second on the roster in catches (45), receiving yards (698) and receiving touchdowns (seven).
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Baylor 45, Vanderbilt 38