Texas Longhorns star quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s sensational efforts extend beyond his contributions on the football field, and those efforts have once again earned Ehlinger a place on the preseason Wuerffel Trophy watch list, which is presented annually to the college football player that best combines exemplary community service with academic and athlete achievement.
A semifinalist for the honor last season, it’s safe to say Ehlinger is worthy of his preseason placement, as detailed per the release:
“Ehlinger, an Austin native, has started all 27 games for UT over the past two seasons and leads all active FBS quarterbacks in completions (571), attempts (879), passing yards (6,955), total offense (8,100) and total touchdowns (80) since the start of the 2018 season. He also ranks second among active FBS quarterbacks in touchdown passes (57) and fifth in completion percentage (65.0) during that stretch. Ehlinger is the only FBS player to account for at least 50 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Extremely active in community service, among many other efforts Ehlinger recently raised almost $200,000 for charities related to COVID-19 relief through online fundraising. He also contributed his time passing out meals and school materials at the Austin Boys & Girls Club. An enrollee of the prestigious McCombs School of Business at UT, Ehlinger is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member.”
A mainstay on preseason award watch lists, as Ehlinger has also been recognized as a preseason First-Team All-Big 12 selection and been named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s preseason watch list, Ehlinger will be aiming to build upon a junior campaign that saw him tally 4,326 yards of total offense and 39 total touchdowns, which cemented Ehlinger as the only player in school history to record multiple 35-touchdown seasons.
That mark has essentially become the standard for Ehlinger, who will likely eclipse that mark once again in 2020 if the season is played in its entirety. If so and Ehlinger continues his contributions off of the field, the First-Team All-Big 12 gunslinger and projected Heisman finalists’ collegiate career just might end with a Wuerffel Trophy featuring his name.