5. Does the shoulder injury hamper Sam Ehlinger?
Something that didn’t seem to be a huge concern for sophomore Texas football quarterback Sam Ehlinger in the Big 12 Championship Game was the shoulder sprain that was lingering since the win over the Baylor Bears. Ehlinger originally injured his shoulder back in October, and it took him out of the game before halftime against Baylor.
The fact that there have been little reports, if any, about Ehlinger getting limited in practice within the past month is a good sign. The last time we saw Ehlinger visible hampered by that shoulder sprain was in the regular season finale win over the Kansas Jayhawks. He was all over the place in that game, and tossed two picks.
In total, Ehlinger is having a massive season worthy of some recognition as one of the Big 12’s best returning quarterbacks in 2019. He might be the best returning quarterback in the Big 12 next season, with some of the departures taking place in Morgantown, WV, and Norman, OK. Ehlinger posted 38 total touchdowns and five interceptions up to this point.
The passing game for Texas football is going to be key for keeping pace with the balanced Georgia offense. Texas relied more on the production from the passing game this year than it did in most of the past five seasons. Ehlinger helped the Horns average more than 250 passing yards per game and nearly 2.5 touchdowns through the air. Compare that to the slightly over 150 rushing yards per game the Horns are posting and it’s easy to recognize the importance of the passing game.