Texas defense ready for last ride

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NEW ORLEANS (KXAN) — The Longhorns held their final practice before the Sugar Bowl on Sunday morning at Tulane.

It’s been a long process, this is their fourth day in town with a lot of activities and it’s been nearly a month since Texas lost the Big 12 title game to Oklahoma. 

Needless to say, the players and coaches are anxious to play in UT’s highest profile bowl since playing for the national title in 2009.

“It’s been five months, when you think about it when we start the first week of August. These kids have been together for five months, cut it loose, don’t go out there hesitating,” Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said.

“We’re really fired up today everybody was excited in practice with the seniors being its last practice the guys are focused and locked in we’re ready to go play,” senior defensive tackle Chris Nelson said.

“Oh yeah, I’m going to gassed up. I’m going to be lit as hell to be honest with you. I don’t think I’m going to stop being full energy from pregame to the start of the game. It’s my last game I might as well act a fool. Act a fool as in make plays have fun with it, have fun this is the last time representing UT so I might as well make the most of it and make the best of it and go out with a bang,” senior defensive end Charles Omenihu said.

One of the big challenges for this defense will be slowing the Georgia running game that includes Elijah Holyfield, son of former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield. 

Against OU in the Cotton Bowl, Omenihu went home run swing after sacking Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray, but he wouldn’t commit to a little shadow boxing if he gets Holyfield in the backfield.

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