NEW ORLEANS, La. (KXAN) — The Texas football team touched down in New Orleans just after noon on Thursday. The Longhorns will have three more days of practice and then final preparations on Monday before the Sugar Bowl against number five Georgia on Tuesday night.
“It’s an honor to be here at the Sugar Bowl,” head coach Tom Herman said. “What an unbelievable Bowl rich in history and tradition.”
Texas enters the game as heavy underdogs to a Georgia team that had the inside track to the College Football Playoff before Alabama’s comeback in the SEC Championship game.
All season Tom Herman said that his Texas team overachieved to reach nine wins and the schools most prestigious bowl game since playing for the National Championship in the 2010 BCS title game at the Rose Bowl.
“I don’t think when you say overachieve you imply that you’re not equal,” Herman said. “I think what I mean by that is that we’re winning games on toughness, on attitude, physicality, because we genuinely love the guy next to each other and we don’t want to let them down and that motivates us more powerfully than if you were motivated by self centered motivations. We know our best is good enough, it always has been but we know we need to play our best to beat such a formidable opponent as Georgia.”
Herman said that All Big 12 safety Caden Sterns has practiced after suffering a knee injury in the Big 12 Championship game.
Herman confirmed that both freshman quarterbacks Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson have put their name in the NCAA transfer portal but said they will try to keep them. “We don’t want to lose either one of them,” Herman said. “This is the way of the world now, guys that want to explore their options have that right to do so but also have the opportunity to communicate with them how important they are to our program.”