2. Speed of the front seven
For one of the few times this season, the front seven for Texas football has a mostly healthy and fully loaded front seven set for a game. The Sugar Bowl is going to see a full rotation from the Horns in the front seven. Senior linebackers Anthony Wheeler and Gary Johnson should also be motivated to show out in their last games in the burnt orange.
And, Wheeler and Johnson aren’t the only two seniors in this front seven that are playing in their last games donning the burnt orange. Senior defensive ends Breckyn Hager and Charles Omenihu and senior defensive tackle Chris Nelson are set for their final game with the Horns. Hager and Omenihu could be pushing for NFL Draft positioning too.
Texas doesn’t have the biggest group of linebackers and linemen to take on the powerful Georgia ground game, but it does have the speed to match it at every level. Johnson, Hager, and Omenihu, are all very quick off the line and can help blow up the Dawgs in the backfield. Omenihu even led the Horns in sacks and tackles for loss and took the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year back to the Forty Acres as a result.
Even Nelson is a very agile presence loading up the middle of the defensive line. Georgia will need to rely on its power up the middle to get through this speedy and athletic Texas front seven. But, Georgia’s ground game should also be worrying about the speed and physical presence in the Texas secondary from standouts like freshmen Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster.