Meet Sam Ehlinger, University of Texas junior quarterback, one of the nine Wuerffel Trophy Semifinalists for 2019.
Ehlinger, a marketing major, was accepted into the prestigious McCombs School of Business. He is a four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and was named to the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 First Team. He is the only Longhorn to have been elected a team captain by his teammates as a junior. His preseason watch lists memberships for 2019 included the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, Walter Camp, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose and Manning Awards as well as 2019 Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
3.39 GPA in McCombs School of Business
Within the university, was accepted to the prestigious McCombs School of business
Four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (spring 2017, fall 2017, spring 2018, spring 2019)
Named to the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
3 year starter at quarterback
Only junior elected a team captain by his teammates
Three-time Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of the Week, Honorable Mention - vs. Louisiana Tech, LSU and Oklahoma State this season
Manning Award Star of the Week - Week 2 vs. LSU
Preseason watch list candidate for the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Wuerffel Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Manning Award in 2019
2019 Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Named to the 2019 All-Big 12 Preseason Team
Named third team preseason All-American by Athlon Sports and fourth team by Phil Steele in 2019
First team All-Big 12 Preseason selection by Phil Steele in 2019
2018 semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Ehlinger is the seventh Longhorn to eclipse 6,000 career passing yards. He currently sits sixth in UT history with 6,865 career yards through the air.
Ehlinger currently ranks fifth in school history with 7,959 yards (6,865 pass/1,094 rush) of total offense. He surpassed the 7,000-yard mark with a 306-yard effort at Rice on Sept. 14.
He has thrown for 53 touchdowns in his career, tied with James Brown for the fourth-most in UT history.
Ehlinger has passed for at least 200 yards in 22 career games, the third-most in school history. He also has six career 300-yard games, the fourth-most in UT history.
Halfway through his junior season, Ehlinger ranks third in Texas history with 12 games where he has recorded both a passing and rushing touchdown. He ranks fourth among active FBS quarterbacks, trailing Houston’s D’Eriq King (18 games), Ohio’s Nathan Rourke (17 games), and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts (13 games).
Ehlinger is the only Longhorn QB ever to pass for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in each of the season’s first five games. Last year, he was the first to do so in the first four games of the season.
In 2018, Ehlinger threw for 3,292 yards (5th in UT history) and 25 TDs. He also rushed for 482 yards and 16 scores, setting the school record for most rushing TDs by a QB.
Ehlinger’s sophomore campaign made him the only player in UT history to pass for at least 25 TDs and rush for at least 15 in a season.
He is the sixth Power Five quarterback to reach those numbers in the last 20 years, and the other five all were Heisman Trophy winners (Tim Tebow, 2007; Cam Newton, 2010; Johnny Manziel, 2012; Marcus Mariota, 2014; Lamar Jackson, 2016-17).
Ehlinger’s 41 touchdowns accounted for in 2018 were the second-most in school history, trailing only Colt McCoy, who had 45 in 2008.
Ehlinger threw just five interceptions, and attempted a school- and Big 12-record 308 consecutive passes without an interception in between picks in the season opener and the regular season finale at Kansas.
Is involved with a children's cancer organization – NEGU (negu.org), and will be helping set up an event with the team during the team's upcoming bye week
Has made visits (periodic) to the YMCA, hospitals, elementary schools, and was a part of the campus clean-up. Last year, on top of the schools and hospitals, he was a part of the team clean-up of a burned down playground, he participated in Thinkery community night, and volunteered with the Special Olympics.
As a freshman, he aided in the promotion of a fundraising effort by a local boy seeking to raise money for his sister who had been diagnosed with Batten Disease, which is a rare, fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that usually begins in childhood.
"Sam Ehlinger should be considered as one of the top leaders in college football, and as part of that he always thinks about others, including the community, before himself. He is one of the top students-athletes on the team in terms of hours dedicated to community service and goes beyond team activities. Additionally, he has achieved all that he has despite at age 14 suffering the loss of his father to a heart attack while he was competing in a triathlon. As the oldest of three children, he took over the role of helping his mother lead their family."