Texas Football: 4 key injured Longhorns players heading into UW

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Ja'Tavion Sanders, Texas football
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Ja'Tavion Sanders, TE

All-Big 12 junior tight end Ja'Tavion Sanders is the only player on this list for the Longhorns who played the full game in the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma State.

Sanders has been active for the Longhorns down the stretch this season, despite dealing with a lingering ankle injury. He's dealt with this ankle injury since he initially rolled it up while he was run blocking on a play for the Longhorns in the Week 5 win at home over the Kansas Jayhawks.

Sanders was limited in the Red River Rivalry game on Oct. 7 against the Oklahoma Sooners, taking just 38 offensive snaps for the Longhorns.

Since the Red River Rivalry game a couple of months ago, Sanders has been heavily involved in the offense. During the regular season, he caught 39 passes for over 600 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

There's no reason to expect Sanders to be limited in the CFP Semifinals game at the Sugar Bowl against Washington on Jan. 1. He's been a full participant in practice at the Sugar Bowl this week.

Sanders will be one of the top skill position targets on display in this CFP Semifinals game between Texas and Washington.