With quarterback Shane Buechele dinged up and not practicing most of the week, freshman Sam Ehlinger got the start on Saturday against San Jose State.
The game is currently in the first quarter, and so far Ehlinger has completed three of his first seven passes for 41 yards.
With all eyes on whether or not Buechele would be ready to go, defensive back PJ Locke III showed confidence in the freshman if the Longhorns were going to have to rely on him.
“He’s a nitty and gritty guy, he’s a very confident guy, he’s not scared to drop him shoulder at all, even though he plays quarterback,” Locke said on Wednesday. “If it so happens that he gets the starting job, I’ve got his back. We’ve got his back.”
Ehlinger committed to Texas as a four-star member of the 2017 class, and bring a new wrinkle to the Longhorn offense with his mobility. A wrinkle that fits coach Tom Herman’s system well, and led to a quarterback competition this offseason. Buechele, with his returning experience, earned the start, but Herman hasn’t been shy about his praise for Ehlinger.
It has been thought that as soon as Ehlinger was ready, he would eventually pass Buechele on the depth chart. The Longhorns currently lead San Jose State 7-0.