Texas Football: Who’s Sam Ehlinger’s backup QB?

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There’s not a great chance that a preferred walk-on is going to immediately pass up two former four-star dual-threat talented quarterbacks from the past two recruiting cycles on the depth chart. Backing up Ehlinger is going to take a maturity and level of preparedness that is of the highest degree since the experience factor isn’t there for either of the three candidates.

What is working in three-star pro-style quarterback Sam Saxton‘s favor for potentially winning this backup job at some point is the fact that he’s about as good as a preferred walk-on gets from any program. Saxton decommitted from a good Group of Five program that offered him a scholarship to commit as a preferred walk-on and continue his family legacy on the Forty Acres.

In general, this class of preferred walk-on commits for Texas football was the best in recent memory. Saxton might be the best of a group of them that gets some significant playing at time at some point during their collegiate careers. The other notable walk-on commits in this class included two-star linebacker Jake Ehlinger and two-star tight end Austin Hill.

The 6-foo-5 and 195 pound former St. Michael’s Academy standout signal caller does need to put on some weight in his first year on campus, but he could see the field at some point for the Horns. That is big in and of itself for a walk-on quarterback under head Texas football coach Tom Herman since there’s a lot of talent at the position.