24 of 35 for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the passing game. 19 carries for 72 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. A frankly obscene stat line for a college football quarterback in any game. But when you consider that this came from not just any game, but the famed Red River Shootout against fierce rivals Oklahoma.
Super Sam has embodied the Tom Herman era at Texas. A rebuild that has at points been punctuated by frustrating misfires. However, as the Texas native enters his all important junior season he’s earned the right to be spoken about alongside the greatest quarterbacks currently playing the game.
Making The Leap
The jump he made from his Freshman to his Sophomore season was incredible. Ehlinger posted a touchdown to interception ratio of 25:5 and added 16 more on the ground. He was the longhorns number one scoring threat in 2018 and figures to be the same in 2019.
The hometown hero doesn’t possess flawless mechanics, or polished reading of the field. But he does have a unique ability to put the team on his back and win games. Ehlinger is a true leader in the Texas locker room and as he goes, they will go.
Skill Position Back-Up
Ehlinger does have skill position talent around him to help him succeed. I would have loved to see Lil’Jordan Humphrey stay for another year, the trio of LJ, Collin Johnson and five star freshman Bro McCoy would have been tantalising. However, Ehlinger will just have to be comfortable throwing to his two stars on the outside.
Texas is also stacked at running back. With Keaontay Ingram a Sophomore who rushed for over 700 yards and 5.0 yards per carry in his freshman season. Ingram and Ehlinger will form a two headed beast of a run game that is particularly potent in the red zone.
The floor for Ehlinger is another 65% completion season and BIG12 title contention for Texas. However if Sam can improve his accuracy and make a similar jump to last offseason, then the ceiling is College Football Playoff contention and an invite to New York. Who knows, he may also slide into the first round of next years draft.
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