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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger procures national honor for UTEP performance

What did Sam Ehlinger think about a presentation in a 59-3 win over UTEP on Saturday where he built up new profession good grades by tossing for 426 yards and five scores? Indeed, even in an excursion sufficient for him to guarantee the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honor, the Texas quarterback felt he left some meat on the bone in the 56-point whipping of the Miners.

“To tell you the truth, I’m actually pretty disappointed,” Ehlinger said after a 25-for-33 night throwing the football. “I left a lot of throws out there that I should have made. I can’t wait for the bye week to continue to get better, but I left a lot out there and I’ve got to get better.”

In reality, there were a few plays Ehlinger could’ve had that didn’t happen as intended. There was an eventual score late in the principal quarter where he toppled Tarik Black in the end zone (the drive finished with Cameron Dicker missing a 43-yard field objective), however the great Ehlinger did far exceeded the terrible on a night where he finished goes to eight unique beneficiaries and his five scores got spread out among five distinct Longhorns.

Lead trainer Tom Herman said hostile facilitator Mike Yurcich and the staff made it a highlight go get the show on the road to Ehlinger’s weapons on the edge early and frequently so as to construct their trust in the opener. The conduits opened for the gathering after Ehlinger snared with Joshua Moore for a 78-yard score on the primary play from scrimmage with Moore, (six gatherings for 127 yards), Black (five gatherings for 80 yards), Cade Brewer (three gatherings for 40 yards), Brenden Schooler (two gatherings for 65 yards) and Kai Money (four gatherings for 26 yards) ending up on the less than desirable finish of scoring associations with Ehlinger.

An all-encompassing offseason because of the COVID-19 pandemic not just observed Ehlinger expecting to become acclimated to the way Yurcich needs to work Herman’s favorable to spread offense, however it additionally denoted the takeoffs of Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson to the NFL. Two of the most profitable beneficiaries in school history have been accessible to Ehlinger since he made his first profession start as a genuine green bean in a 56-0 win over San Jose State on Sept. 9, 2017, in his Longhorn debut, driving Ehlinger to build up an affinity with a pack of gifted at this point doubtful playmakers throughout a shortened summer driving into instructional course.

It’s just one game, however Ehlinger enjoyed what the Texas beneficiaries carried to the table with the passing game appearing as though it can go to another level from where it was every one of the last two seasons with Ehlinger tossing for more than 3,000 yards in 2018 (3,292 yards and 25 scores) and 2019 (3,663 and 32 scores). With Casey Thompson tossing for 55 yards and two scores on a 4-for-7 execution in the UTEP game, Ehlinger initiated a 689-yard upheaval by the offense (third-best in school history) where Texas found the middle value of 9.3 yards per play and set another school record with 481 yards passing.

“Confidence is a real thing,” Ehlinger said. “Especially with the new system and becoming confident in-game is different than becoming confident in practice. To be able to get all those different guys touches and touchdowns is really, really beneficial for our confidence as an offense as a whole and then also individually for those guys.”

Ehlinger’s first game with Yurcich calling plays was not noteworthy exclusively for the single-game authentic worth. Ehlinger’s tenth vocation 300-yard passing game makes them close in on the school record by Colt McCoy (15) while going over the 400-yard mark attached him with McCoy and Major Applewhite as the school’s record-breaking pioneer with two such games (Ehlinger tossed for 401 yards on inevitable public victor LSU in 2019).

Including the creation from the UTEP game to his vocation aggregates, Ehlinger’s 754 carer profession consummations, 9,296 yards passing, 10,838 yards of absolute offense, 73 profession passing scores, 98 scores answerable for and 30 games with at least 200 passing yards all position second unsurpassed at Texas to McCoy. Ehlinger can keep on ascending the factual stepping stool if the presentation of Yurcich’s offense is genuinely a hint of something larger for how great the Longhorns can be on that side of the ball in 2020.

“I think that Coach Yurcich’s schemes are incredible,” Ehlinger said. “I’m really excited with everything that he’s installed and as we continue to get better — we also left a lot out on the field. We have a lot to get better at, certainly not a finished product by any stretch of the imagination. There’s a lot of things that we left out there and we’ve got to continue to get better.”

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