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Sam Ehlinger is Not Returning to Texas, Will Head to NFL Draft

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Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger will forgo his extra season of eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft. The report first came from Anwar Richardson of

Ehlinger’s career wraps up as one of the best at the University of Texas with 11,436 passing yards and 94 touchdowns, plus over 1,900 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns.


In his last game with the Texas Longhorns, Sam Ehlinger led the team to a win over Colorado in the Alamo Bowl, before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. In the second half, backup quarterback Casey Thompson took over and ended up passing for 170 yards and four touchdowns.

With Sam Ehlinger at quarterback, Texas reached the Big 12 Championship in 2018, but lost to the Oklahoma Sooners, however they then went on to win the Sugar Bowl against Georgia.

Even though Sam Ehlinger was a senior, he could have come back to Texas because the NCAA made the 2020 season a free year of eligibility for all players due to COVID-19.

But it wasn’t obvious that Ehlinger returning to Texas was the right move. There are two notable prospects, the aforementioned Casey Thompson, and Hudson Card, waiting in the wings to take over at quarterback. Expect those two to be in a quarterback battle next summer, which will be one of the most-watched battles in the country.

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