Coach: Kirby Smart
Georgia Players to watch:
**Sophomore LT Andrew Thomas (6-6/320)
Thomas has gotten the starting nod at left tackle for 12 of the Bulldogs’ 13 games, only missing the Middle Tennessee State game with an ankle injury. He has anchored an offensive line that leads the SEC in Rushing Offense at 251.6 yards per game. The Bulldog’s offensive line unit were named a Joe Moore Award finalist for being one of the top offensive lines in the nation.
**Sophomore RB D’Andre Swift (5-9/215)
Swift started five of 13 games thus far and has gained a team-high 1037 yards on 155 carries, with 10 TDs – also a team high. Swift ias also a receiving threat out of the backfield, he has caught 27 passes this year for 257 yards and 2 tds.
*Junior RS/WR Mecole Hardman (5-11/183)
Hardman was named 2018 ESPN.com All-America First Team (kick returner); 2018 SI.com All-America Second Team (kick returner); and 2018 AP & Coaches’ All-SEC 2nd Team. He returned 13 kicks for 325 yards and 16 punts for 321 yards. He also caught 33 passes for 529 yards.
Senior LB D’Andre Walker (6-2/245)
Walker has started all 13 games to date, racking up 45 total tackles, while leading the team with 11.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 QB sacks and 14 QB pressures. He had a career-best seven tackles vs. Georgia Tech, including a second-quarter QB sack.
Senior CB DeAndre Baker (5-11/185)
Baker, as first team AP All-American, had decided NOT to play in the Sugar Bowl.
Coach: Tom Herman
Texas Players to watch:
***Freshman RT Samuel Cosmi (6-6/290)
Cosmi has graded out at 85-percent overall in 985 total snaps. He had 57 knockdowns and 68 first-down or touchdown blocks. He allowed just four sacks and eight pressures on 460 pass plays. He received votes and earned honorable mention as the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year from the league’s head coaches.
***Freshman S Caden Sterns (6-0/195)
Sterns, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and first team All-Big 12 by the coaches and Associated Press, is a true freshman from Cibolo, Texas. He had 62 tackles (46 solo) with three TFL, one sack, four interceptions and four pass breakups. His four INT are tied for the most ever by a Longhorn true freshman. He also has a blocked field goal against USC, which was returned for a touchdown.
Senior CB Kris Boyd (6-0/195)
Boyd, a native of Gilmer, Texas, also earned first-team recognition from the Big 12 coaches at defensive back. He has totaled 63 tackles (46 solo) with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He has been a lock-down at the corner position, with 16 pass breakups and an interception. He also has a QB hurry, forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the year.
Senior DE Charles Omenihu (6-6/275)
Omenihu, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year and first team All-Big 12 by the coaches, has totaled 43 tackles with 16 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. His 16 TFL and 9.5 sacks are the most for a Longhorn since the 2013 season. His 9.5 sacks rank second in the Big 12 Conference. He enters the Sugar Bowl with at least one tackle for loss in nine straight games.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Texas 28, Georgia 21