Texas’ Ehlinger (shoulder) exits bowl game early
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Texas senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger will not return to the Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Colorado after suffering a shoulder injury, the team announced.
Ehlinger, a four-year starter, emerged from the locker room in the third quarter in street clothes. Sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson took over in relief of Ehlinger.
It’s unclear when exactly Ehlinger suffered the injury. He was sacked on back-to-back plays on the Longhorns’ penultimate drive of the first half. The Longhorns ran one play, a handoff to Bijan Robinson, on their final second-quarter drive to run out the clock.
Entering the Alamo Bowl, Ehlinger has thrown for more than 11,000 yards and 93 touchdowns in his Texas career. He has also rushed for 1,912 yards and 33 scores.
He is second in Texas history to only Colt McCoy in career completions, passing yards, total offense, passing touchdowns and touchdowns responsible for. He entered Tuesday’s game third in the country in points responsible for, with 202, and led the Big 12 in passing touchdowns with 25.
Before the Alamo Bowl, Ehlinger said he hadn’t made a final decision whether to pursue an NFL career or return to Texas for one more season and that he would make that decision after the season. He has the option to return in 2021 under a blanket waiver that the NCAA provided to all players, which allows them to compete this season without it counting against their eligibility because of circumstances stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
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