The good news for Texas is that Ehlinger could be throwing by the end of the week.
Shane Buechele stepped in at quarterback and went 20/34 for 184 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He is a capable option if Texas needs him to continue filling in at quarterback, but he does not offer the same threat as Ehlinger as a rusher.
The 6-1 Longhorns are off next weekend and face Oklahoma State on Oct. 27.
The Texas Longhorns had to swap quarterbacks on Saturday after starter Sam Ehlinger was bloodied during the game against Baylor.
Ehlinger appeared to bloody his throwing hand during the first quarter against the Bears, though there was added speculation that trainers were also looking at something else. TV cameras also caught him bleeding from the nose before his exit, and others observed that he seemed to be having trouble with his shoulder.
Sam Ehlinger headed to the locker room. Left the game with a bloody hand. Under Buechele, #Texas gets a FG, 40 yards for a 3-0 lead. #Hookem@KVUE
The injury was to Ehlinger’s throwing hand, so it may be that he simply cannot throw the football with it bandaged or stitched up like it is. As of the end of the first quarter, the Longhorns had made no official announcement regarding his status. It’s unfortunate timing, just one week removed from his biggest win at Texas starter.
Some Texas fans feel that TCU coach Gary Patterson was slighting Sam Ehlinger with a comment made about the Longhorns quarterback on Tuesday.
Texas and TCU will face off on Saturday, with the Horned Frogs entering the series having won four in a row between them. Texas has won two in a row since dropping their opener against Maryland. Ehlinger has thrown for two touchdowns in each game, and he’s also rushed for a score in each of the last two games.
Talking about Ehlinger, Patterson called the quarterback Texas’ X-factor because he’s like a running back playing quarterback.
Gary Patterson describes Texas QB Sam Ehlinger as the "X-factor in their offense." Says he's a running back playing quarterback.
Texas has often let Ehlinger run the ball on keepers and RPOs. He even was the team’s leading rusher last year, though that had a lot to do with the team’s inability to find a consistent rushing option (five players had over 250 yards rushing).
The reality is that Ehlinger runs a lot and can run the ball, as Patterson noted. That’s probably not shade from the coach but rather an accurate observation. Of course, most believe a quarterback should be known for his passing first and any other skills second, which is why some Texas fans did not like the comment.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.
Ehlinger and Buechele spent much of 2017 trading reps to the point that they didn’t have a clear front-runner by bowl season. Ehlinger threw for 1,915 yards, 11 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in nine games last season, and Texas has been impressed with his progress as a passer during their offseason work.