5. Secondaries that need to step up for both teams
Touching on the wide receivers for both Texas football and Georgia makes the importance of each defensive backfield a particular focus. There’s not a good chance that either secondary is going to completely shut down each passing game. But, drawing a turnover or two for either secondary could be a game-changer that leads to a victory when it’s all said and done.
The secondary for Georgia was stout for most of the regular season. In fact, it was the front seven that mostly let the Dawgs down in the two losses the team experienced in the regular season the SEC Championship Game. The losses to Alabama and the LSU Tigers saw the front seven struggle to shut down the opposing ground games on each occasion.
What Georgia will be missing in this Sugar Bowl is the staple of its secondary that was the leader for each of the past two years. Baker is now turning his attention to the 2019 NFL Draft, while the Georgia secondary will have a host of freshmen and sophomores that need to step up. The one that sticks out is sophomore cornerback Mark Webb, who could be tasked with locking on either Johnson or Humphrey in replacing Baker.
For the side of the Texas secondary, finding the right ritual to get the entire level of the defense to step up is what’s needed. The Texas secondary was up and down all regular season, but some of that can be forgiven with a solid effort in a potential Sugar Bowl victory. Senior cornerbacks Kris Boyd and Davante Davis are going to be pivotal to the fortunes of this defensive backfield.