College football has its share of quality quarterbacks this upcoming season. One of those signal-callers is Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, who hopes to take the Longhorns to a Big 12 title.
In Athlon Sports' Top 130 Quarterback Rankings, the Longhorns' QB is listed at No. 3, just behind Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence.
Here's why: The Longhorns return only seven starters from last year’s 10-win team, so coach Tom Herman and his staff have some retooling to do on both sides of the ball. However, having an All-Big 12 quarterback like Ehlinger certainly eases a lot of concerns. As a freshman in 2017, Ehlinger made six starts (and nine overall appearances), completing 158 passes for 1,915 yards and 11 touchdowns to seven picks. He also added 385 yards and two scores on the ground that year. Ehlinger continued his development into one of the top quarterbacks in the nation last fall. He started all 14 games for the Longhorns, recording 482 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground and passing for 3,292 yards and 25 scores. Ehlinger has tossed just 12 picks over 700 career attempts. His 41 overall touchdowns in 2018 ranked as the second-most in a single season in school history. If Ehlinger stays healthy, Texas will once again make a run at the Big 12 title.
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