Sam Ehlinger’s name is now listed on yet another preseason watch list.
Others included Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Texas A&M’s Kelen Mond, Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, and former Texas quarterback Shane Buechele, who is now at SMU.
In addition to his preseason recognition on the Manning Award watch list, Ehlinger has also been announced to preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, and the Wuerffel Trophy, and was picked as a Preseason First-Team All-Big 12 selection. None of the preseason praise surrounding Ehlinger is particularly surprising considering his efforts throughout the previous two seasons, as detailed by Texas Athletics’ official 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.
In 2019, Ehlinger accounted for 4,326 yards of total offense (3,663 pass/663 rush) – the second-most in school history (4,420 – Colt McCoy, 2008). He was also responsible for 39 total touchdowns (32 pass/7 rush), the No. 3 mark in UT history. That mark came after posting 41 total touchdowns in 2018, the second-best tally by a Longhorn all-time. He is the only player in Texas Football history to record multiple seasons with at least 35 total touchdowns.”
The preseason recognition marks the second time in as many years that Ehlinger has been named to the Manning Award watch list. If he’s ultimately able to capture the award as a senior, he’ll join Vince Young (2005) and Colt McCoy (2009) as another Longhorn to earn this honor, which would make Texas the only program in the country to feature three Manning Award winners.