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#pounditWednesday, January 20, 2021

Sam Ehlinger shies away from saying ‘Texas is back’ this time

Sam Ehlinger

Sam Ehlinger learned a hard lesson about making proclamations and decided not to repeat history this year.

For the second straight year, Ehlinger’s Texas Longhorns pulled off an upset in their bowl game with a big win over a higher-ranked team that was disappointed about losing its conference championship game. Last time around, Ehlinger declared after Texas’ win over Georgia that “Texas is back!”

This year, Texas was 7-5 entering their bowl game and still beat Utah 38-10 in the Alamo Bowl. But after the convincing win, Ehlinger decided not to make another big comment.

That’s smart.

Texas finished 10-4 last season and entered this season with big expectations. They fell well short of them and it nearly cost Tom Herman his job. Instead, Herman was given the chance to overhaul his staff ahead of a make-or-break 2020. There is no guarantee Ehlinger will be around either, as he is considering entering the NFL Draft.

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