Former USC star running back Reggie Bush had more high marks for senior Texas football quarterback Sam Ehlinger on the “Big Noon Kickoff” on Oct. 17.
In a week of college football action with the likes of the Texas football program and the rival Oklahoma Sooners on a bye week, the Big 12 was largely without many storylines in terms of game action on Oct. 17. The lone game on the schedule for the Big 12 this weekend (after the Baylor Bears novel coronavirus case outbreak earlier in the week) was the West Virginia Mountaineers taking on the Kansas Jayhawks.
Fourth-year Texas head coach Tom Herman saw his Longhorns squad into the first bye week in the midst of the Big 12 slate. And Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley took his team into the bye week on a high note for them after knocking off Texas in that crazy four overtime game in the annual Red River Rivalry game the weekend prior, by the final score of 53-45.
The Longhorns went into the bye week with a record of 2-2 (1-2 Big 12) after falling short to the Sooners in Red River last weekend. The other loss for the Longhorns came at the hands of the TCU Horned Frogs in their Big 12 home opener back on Oct. 3, by the final score of 33-31.
But the bye week for the Longhorns didn’t stop the conversation on Fox Sports “Big Noon Kickoff” between the former USC Trojans superstar duo of quarterback Matt Leinart and running back Reggie Bush. On the Big Noon Kickoff show on the morning of Oct. 17, Bush and Leinart discussed who their Heisman favorites were (even deeper down the list) heading into the weekend.
And Bush and Leinart briefly discussed the return of senior star Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger to their list of Heisman contenders in Week 7 of the college football season.
One specific quote from Bush was interesting saying that they need to “build a statue of Sam Ehlinger with the entire team on his back”, in this segment on the Big Noon Kickoff. Leinart also mentioned how the Longhorns need to finally give Ehlinger some help.
So far this season, Ehlinger leads the FBS in total touchdowns (with 21). And he’s registered 1,211 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, four interceptions, 242 rushing yards (just shy of five yards per carry), and five rushing scores. Ehlinger ranks in the top 10 (if not the top five) in just about every major category that a dual-threat quarterback could in the FBS.
Next up for Ehlinger and the Longhorns is supposed to be an Oct. 24 home contest out of the bye week against Baylor. Baylor’s originally scheduled Oct. 17 home game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys was pushed back due to a plethora of COVID-19 active cases on their team.