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The Eyes of Texas: Four players to watch in the Alamo Bowl

Posted December 30th, 2019

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The Longhorns will meet 11th-ranked Utah in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Tuesday (6:30 p.m., ESPN).

The eyes of Texas will be upon …

 

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Bradlee Anae, Utah defensive end

Anae is a consensus All-American, the ninth in school history. The 6-3, 265-pound senior’s 12.5 sacks ranked second in the Pac-12 and top 10 nationally. He has 29.5 career sacks and needs only a half-sack more to break a first-place tie among Utah’s all-time sack kings. In November, James Lynch set Baylor’s all-time sacks record against Texas, which ranks 108th in sacks allowed (2.75 per game).

Roschon Johnson, Texas running back

Johnson is averaging 5.1 yards per rush and 6.9 yards per catch, and his seven touchdown runs lead the team. He has rushed for 600 yards, which is the 12th-best total for a UT freshman. If Johnson manages 102 yards against Utah’s top-ranked run defense, he’d move into 10th place. Johnson signed with Texas as a quarterback and has expressed interest in a move back to that position, so will the Alamo Bowl be his finale as a running back?

Zack Moss, Utah running back

With 1,359 yards over 219 carries, Moss has accounted for 50.5% of Utah’s rushing production and 39.5% of the rushing attempts. Moss, Utah’s all-time leading rusher, has scored 17 times this season. Four teams have held him under 100 yards, but he was only ineffective during a 20-yard game against USC. Moss is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He has also two receptions of at least 50 yards.

Caden Sterns, Texas safety

Offensive lineman Derek Kerstetter and Sterns are the San Antonio-area products in UT’s starting lineup. A sophomore who starred at Cibolo Steele, Sterns has 50 tackles. That ranks third on the team even though Sterns missed four games with a knee injury. He recorded a career-high 12 tackles in a 36-30 win over Oklahoma State on Sept. 21. He’s one of 12 Longhorns who have recorded at least one sack this season.

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