No. 4 quarterback in college football: Sam Ehlinger, Texas
Sam Ehlinger is anything but unfamiliar to college football fans at this point. Being the starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns has a way of putting you in the limelight and he’s occupied that role for the past two seasons. But after a disappointing eight-win season in Austin last year, Ehlinger’s final act in that role needs to be his best yet, which will be quite something if he pulls it off.
In 13 games last season, Ehlinger threw for 3,663 yards and 32 touchdowns, both of which were career highs, but he did throw 10 interceptions. He also rushed for a career-high 663 yards but did so while scoring seven touchdowns, nine fewer than the previous season. Even still, it’s obvious that Ehlinger is a hard-nosed dual-threat quarterback that knows how to fill up the box score.
However, there’s also no denying the fact that Ehlinger might not be the most talented quarterback in college football. Some areas of his game are limited. At the same time, there are also few players in the country who consistently display the leadership, heart and innate ability as a game in the way that Ehlinger does every time that he takes the field.
Making strides in terms of his throwing will be the focus of making him better, which Texas is surely aware of. If he’s able to accomplish that, then he could be a legitimate Heisman contender. And perhaps more importantly, Texas will undeniably be back and in the mix to win the Big 12 and possibly make the College Football Playoff.