There’s very few players that Texas football needs to worry about more, with the way he’s played of late, than senior linebacker/edge rusher D’Andre Walker. Not many players with any Power Five program are hotter at linebacker of late than Walker. He showed out in a big way in the SEC Championship Game loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Dec. 1.
Most of the career-highs that Walker came in with for this regular season were shattered already. He will need 2.5 tackles for loss in the Sugar Bowl to top his previous career high in that stat category. But, he’s still a huge presence for this Georgia front seven as he leads the team in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles this season.
So far this season, Walker posted 45 total tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, three pass deflections, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He’s a force to be reckoned with that needs to be an important focus of the Texas offensive line. Walker had one of his best games of the season against Alabama on Dec. 1 with two tackles for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble.
The groin injury Walker has lingering shouldn’t be a huge issue for the Sugar Bowl. But, he is not practicing with the team, as of last week. Per Georgia head coach Kirby Smart, Walker is running and should be ready to go for the Sugar Bowl.