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The Eyes of Texas: Four players to watch in Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl

Posted December 31st, 2018

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The 15th-ranked Longhorns play No. 5 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Tuesday night. The eyes of Texas will be upon …

Calvin Anderson, Texas left tackle

Anderson, a graduate transfer from Rice, is making his 50th college start. None of them, however, have come in a bowl game. Rice did win the Hawaii Bowl in 2014, but Anderson was redshirting that season. The 6-5, 300-pound  Westlake product’s bowl debut will come against a Georgia defense that’s averaging 1.7 sacks a game and is allowing only 130.6 rushing yards.

Jonathan Ledbetter, Georgia defensive end

Only two members of Georgia’s defense — Ledbetter and Thorpe Award winner Deandre Baker — earned all-conference honors this season. Ledbetter was a second-team honoree. The senior defensive end has amassed 51 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss. Ledbetter had a 10-tackle game against LSU earlier this year. He has also forced two fumbles and hurried four quarterbacks.

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Riley Ridley, Georgia receiver

While his older brother Calvin is having a solid rookie season with the Falcons in nearby Atlanta, Ridley has emerged as Georgia’s top receiving target this year. He leads the team with 39 catches and nine touchdown receptions. The 6-2, 200-pound junior has scored in Georgia’s last three games. In last season’s championship game loss to Alabama, he recorded a career-high six catches.

Anthony Wheeler, Texas linebacker

Wheeler was ejected from last year’s 33-16 Texas Bowl victory over Missouri because of a targeting penalty. But that didn’t define Wheeler’s night. He scored a touchdown on a 38-yard fumble return. He scored another touchdown this season when he returned a blocked field goal against USC. He has 84 tackles and three sacks this season; Texas is allowing 26.2 points per game. This will be the senior’s final game as a Longhorn.

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