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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger Officially Declares for 2021 NFL Draft, Thanks ‘Lornhorn Nation’

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Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger declared his intention to enter the 2021 NFL Draft on Sunday, tweeting out a video title simply, “Dear Longhorn Nation.” 

Ehlinger’s decision comes a day after his head coach, Tom Herman, was fired and athletic director Chris Del Conte hired Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian

Ehlinger played his final game as a Longhorn in the Alamo Bowl, helping Texas to a blowout win over Colorado before being knocked out of the game. The decision ends the speculation about whether he would enter the draft or activate an additional year of eligibility afforded to him by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

“God told me to go to UT and do all you could do to better the program and turn the tide,” Ehlinger said. “I listened and it was the best decision I ever made.” 



At the end of the video, Ehlinger made his declaration. 

“In the same way that I knew that UT was the best choice for me, I know that it is time for me to move on to the NFL,” Ehlinger said. “It is my highest hope that I make all of you proud in this next chapter of my football career.” 

Ehlinger went on to thank his teammates, teachers, coaches, fans and family for their support.  

In his final season in Austin, Ehlinger was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year award, selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, a semifinailst for the Davey O’Brien Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Wuerffel Trophy. He was named All-Big 12 Second Team by the league’s coaches after completing 184-of-306 passes for 2,406 yards and 25 touchdowns to five interceptions. He also rushed for 382 yards and eight touchdowns. He gained 2,788 yards of total offense and 33 total touchdowns. 

For his career at Texas, Ehlinger went 923-of-1,476 passing for 11,436 yards, 94 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He completed 62.5 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 1,903 yards and 33 touchdowns. 

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