With nearly a month to get healthy following the Big 12 Championship game, the Texas Longhorns are in good shape ahead of Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs.
On Monday, head coach Tom Herman provided an update on his team’s status.
“Moro Ojomo is cleared,” Herman said. “So if we need him, he can play. Caden [Sterns] has looked great. And I don’t think we’ll have any issues with him. Other than the ones you already know about, everybody’s stayed healthy, and the ones that were a little dinged up have improved throughout the week.”
The news about Ojomo, a freshman defensive lineman, is an improvement from when the Horns arrived in New Orleans, but he isn’t likely to figure into the rotation for more than a handful of snaps, if any.
A Freshman All-American and starter throughout the season, Sterns is much more important, so getting him back from the knee injury he suffered in Arlington against Oklahoma is significant news for the Longhorns.
A handful of Texas players will miss the game as a result of longer-term injuries — freshman wide receiver Malcolm Epps (collarbone), freshman wide receiver Joshua Moore (shoulder) , and redshirt freshman tight end Rob Cummins (knee).
For Georgia, two key contributors will be limited, according to head coach Kirby Smart.
Jack linebacker D’Andre Walker has a groin injury that has kept him from going full speed in practice, so Smart expects him to be a situation player if he can go at game time. That’s big news for the Bulldogs, as Walker is the team’s most dynamic player off the edge — he leads the team in tackles for loss (11) and sacks (7.5).
A neck injury will make defensive lineman Jordan Davis a game-time decision, too. A part-time starter, Davis provides some serious beef for the Georgia defensive line at 320 pounds. He has 25 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks this season.