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Texas Safety Derek Williams to Miss First Half of Sugar Bowl: Report

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Some folks may have forgotten this in the excitement of the Longhorns making the College Football Playoff, but something that happened in the second half of the Big 12 Championship could have an effect on Texas’s ability to combat Washington’s passing attack in the Sugar Bowl.

Freshman safety Derek Williams, who has been a regular contributor in the Longhorns’ secondary, was ejected for a questionable targeting call in the second half of UT’s 49-21 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.

As expected, Texas appealed the call with the Big 12 office, but reports suggest that the appeal was denied, meaning Williams will be required to miss the first half of the Sugar Bowl.


According to Chip Brown of Horns247, a source within the program, as well as Big 12 director of officiating Greg Burks, Williams’ one-half suspension is being upheld.

“Yes, we did appeal it, but unfortunately it stands as called,” the source told Brown. “He [Williams] will have to sit the first half [against Washington].”

Texas’ situation at safety is now something to monitor heading into the Sugar Bowl, which is set for Jan. 1 at 7:45 pm CT on ESPN. In addition to Willaims’ first-half suspension, the Longhorns will also be without Jalen Catalon, who entered the transfer portal after missing four games due to injury and then having limited playing time when he returned.

Without Williams in the first half of the CFP semifinal, Texas will have to depend on Jerrin Thompson, Michael Taaffe, and Kitan Crawford until he can return to give them a quartet of dependable players at the position.

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