As we grow closer to the start of the football season, the anticipation builds for what should be a great year for Texas. However, the Longhorn’s season will depend on how well star quarterback Sam Ehlinger can move the ball down the field.
Many people have their opinion on who is the best in the country. Tua Tagovailoa comes in on many analyst’s radar. It’s well deserved seeing that the Alabama star racked up 3,966 passing yards, 43 touchdowns to only six interceptions last season. He led the Tide to another national championship game where they fell short to team with a great quarterback.
Heisman front-runner Trevor Lawrence put up monster numbers throughout last season; finishing with 3,280 yards, 30 touchdowns, and an outstanding four interceptions. He was the catalyst for the Clemson Tigers and led them them to a national championship in a huge 44-16 win over Alabama.
The question is, can the preseason All-Big 12 quarterback be that guy for the Longhorns?
The monster 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback showed his dominance by running through and passing all over opposing defenses last season, and came up with a huge win in the Sugar Bowl over powerhouse Georgia.
Ehlinger established himself as an elite passer with 3,292 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air. What makes him special though, is his ability to combine his arm talent with a lower-the-shoulder attitude. He’s a bruiser in the running game. He added 16 rushing touchdowns on the ground last season, putting him at 41 total touchdowns for the year.
That puts him second all time in school history behind only Colt McCoy’s 45 total touchdowns in 2008.
The dual threat quarterback added to his resume last season by setting an all-time Big 12 record with 308 consecutive passes without an interception. As the season grew longer, Sam drew comparisons to the great college quarterback Tim Tebow.
“The very first day I met Sam Ehlinger, I made that comparison. The motivation was different between the two, but the passion comes out the same way. Obviously, they both have a gift of being able to run the ball and being productive running the football from that position.”– Stan Drayton, Texas running backs coach and former Florida assistant
It is no question that all of these quarterbacks deserve the respect they are given today, but there aren’t many quarterbacks in college football like Ehlinger. He embodies the spirit of Texas football, and has all of the psychical attributes to lead Texas to a national championship this year.
He is the only quarterback in school history to pass for at least 25 touchdowns and rush for at least 15 touchdowns in a single season. Sam has proven game in and game out that he undoubtedly deserves to be recognized as a top quarterback in the nation.
The horns feel confident that, with Ehlinger at the forefront of the offense, they can compete for a big 12 championship, and possibly even more.