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2016 Liberty Bowl

SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY HONORS TCU GEORGIA BOWL EVENTS WELCOME PLAYERS TO WATCH 10 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl Georgia running back #27 Nick Chubb With 3,282 rushing yards for his career, Chubb enters today’s contest as one of the most prolific rushers ever to play in the 58-year history of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Chubb’s punishing rushing style is best described as thunderous. Chubb got his first start when All-Conference running back Todd Gurley was sidelined during the 2014 season. In his first game as the starter, Chubb rushed for 138 yards against an unforgiving Missouri defense. His performance against the Tigers began a streak of 13 consecutive 100-yard rushing games that ended due injury last season. This feat tied him with Herschel Walker for the most consecutive 100-yard games in Georgia history. Chubb was the co-recipient of the 2016 Georgia Vince Dooley Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year Award along with backfield running mate Sony Michel. Chubb’s best performance this season came in the opener against North Carolina when he amassed 222 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. TCU linebacker #32 Travin Howard First Team All-Big 12 performer Travin Howard is a nightmare for opposing offenses. A former backup safety two seasons ago, Howard is now the leader of the TCU defense at linebacker. Howard leads the Big 12 in total tackles (125), which is sixth-best in the country. Howard’s best performance this season came in a two-overtime game at home against Texas Tech, in which he accumulated 19 tackles. Georgia running back #1 Sony Michel As the “lightning” to Nick Chubb’s “thunder,” Sony Michel is electrifying out of the backfield for the Bulldogs. Michel ran for 1,161 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2015 and was voted the 2015 Georgia Vince Dooley Offensive MVP by his peers. Michel enters the today’s game with 753 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns for the 2016 season. Michel’s best performance this year came in the Bulldogs’ last game against Georgia Tech, in which he rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown. TCU defensive end #94 Josh Carraway First Team All-Big 12 performer Josh Carraway anchors the TCU defensive line. Carraway enters the today’s game fourth in the conference in sacks (8), and sixth in the conference in tackles for loss (11). The 2016 season is his second consecutive with at least 8 sacks. Carraway’s best performance this season came in a road win over Kansas, in which he totaled 8 tackles and 3 sacks. Georgia quarterback #10 Jacob Eason Freshman Bulldog signal caller Jacob Eason enters today’s game with 2,266 passing yards on the season. Eason is just the fourth freshman quarterback in SEC history to throw for 2,000 yards in a single season. Eason has proven to be clutch in crunch time, leading the Bulldogs to wins on their final drive on the road against both Missouri and Kentucky this season. He also put the Bulldogs ahead late against #11 Tennessee with a dramatic 47-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley with just 10 seconds remaining – a game that ended on a Hail Mary touchdown pass that won it for the Vols. Eason’s best performance this season came at home against Vanderbilt, in which he threw for 346 yards and a touchdown against the Commodores. TCU running back #21 Kyle Hicks All-Big 12 Honorable Mention running back Kyle Hicks is a key cog in a high powered Horned Frog rushing attack that averages 197 yards per game. Hicks comes into today’s game just 46 rushing yards short of 1,000 on the season. His 954 rushing yards are sixth best in the Big 12. Hicks is also second in the conference in rushing touchdowns (12). The elusive Hicks is also a threat in the passing game. Hicks enters today’s game as TCU’s leading receiver (42 receptions). His 396 receiving yards ranks second-best in the conference amongst running backs. Hicks’ best performance of the year came on the road against Baylor, in which he rushed for 192 yards and 5 touchdowns in the Horned Frogs’ victory. NICK CHUBB TRAVIN HOWARD SONY MICHEL JOSH CARRAWAY JACOB EASON KYLE HICKS


2016 Liberty Bowl
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