4. 4/1 passing touchdown-interception ratio
This prediction would actually mean a dip in the numbers and the efficiency for Ehlinger with the offense for Texas football in 2019. Ehlinger actually posted a 5-1 passing touchdown to interception ratio. His total touchdown to interception ratio was even better than that, but that expectation might not be realistic moving forward.
During his true freshman campaign, Ehlinger had a passing touchdown to interception ratio of worse than 2-1. He registered 11 passing touchdowns and seven interception in his first year on the Forty Acres. Going from that to 25 passing touchdowns and just five interceptions is a huge development for any quarterback, especially one of a dual-threat nature.
As long as Ehlinger can keep making good decisions in crunch time, like he did in 2018, the touchdown to interception ratio dipping to 4-1 still means he’s playing productive football. The best statistical seasons for former Texas football All-American quarterback Colt McCoy, in terms of passing touchdowns and interceptions, saw him post a ratio around 4-1.
Since McCoy departed the Forty Acres after the BCS National Championship Game loss to head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ehlinger was the best starting quarterback for this program. Remaining the reliable and productive signal caller and offensive leader he was for Texas during the 2018 season is the most important factor he plays into the bigger picture for 2019.