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Shoulder injury ends Alamo Bowl for Texas QB Sam Ehlinger


SAN ANTONIO — #Texas quarterback #Sam #Ehlinger suffered a shoulder injury in the first half of #Tuesday’s 55-23 #Alamo #Bowl win over #Colorado and didn’t return to the game. #Sophomore #Casey #Thompson started the third quarter of a game the #Longhorns led at halftime, 17-10.

#It’s unclear when the injury to #Ehlinger occurred, but school officials announced as #Texas was coming out of the locker room for the start of the second half that #Ehlinger had played his final snap of the night. #Ehlinger had a 10-for-16 passing performance in the first half of his 46th career game and 43rd start for the #Longhorns, throwing for 160 yards and a touchdown (a 14-yard screen pass to #Bijan #Robinson in the first quarter).

#With the NCAA granting an extra season of eligibility to fall sports student-athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and #Ehlinger didn’t close the door on returning to the #Forty #Acres for a fifth season in 2021 when asked about it before the #Alamo #Bowl. #Following last #Wednesday’s on-campus bowl practice, #Ehlinger said he’d given thought to a return, although he’d yet to reach a final decision.

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“I’m trying to enjoy these last few weeks, but I haven’t closed one door on anything yet,” #Ehlinger said, adding that he hadn’t broken down which factors would influence his decision. “Those are the hard questions I need to think about. I haven’t really given incredible, in-depth thought to it because it is a big life decision for me.”

#Texas head coach #Tom #Herman said #Monday he’d and #Ehilinger “hadn’t really talked about” the decision the quarterback is facing. #Those conversations, #Herman said, are expected to take place following the bowl game with #Ehlinger and the people close to him.

“I know this game is really important to him and I don’t think he wanted to be distracted by any of that decision-making process,” #Herman said. “I don’t want to speak for him, but I’m sure that it’s something that we’ll talk about after the game.”

#If #Ehlinger’s #Texas career is over, the #Alamo #Bowl will mark the end of one of the best four-year runs for a quarterback in the history of the program. #Ehlinger entered the game second only to #Colt #McCoy in the school’s record books for career completions (913), yards passing (11,276), total offense (13,188 yards), touchdowns responsible for (126), 200-yard passing games (36), 300-yard passing games (10), games with three passing touchdowns (12) and games with four passing touchdowns (seven).

#Ehlinger is currently tied with #McCoy for the school record with two five-touchdown games through the air and he’s tied with #McCoy and #Major #Applewhite for the school record with two 400-yard passing games. #Ehlinger owns the school record with 18 games with a rushing and passing touchdown.

#As a runner, #Ehlinger’s 1,912 yards entering the bowl game trailed only #Marty #Akins (2,020) and #Vince #Young (3,127) for the most career rushing yards by a #Texas quarterback. #Only #Young’s 37 rushing touchdowns are more among the #Longhorn quarterbacks than the 33 for #Ehlinger in his career.

A four-star quarterback prospect in the 247Sports #Composite rankings for 2018 (#No. 291 overall), #Thompson’s first drive of the game ended in style. #Robinson opened the third quarter with a 66-yard run, setting the stage for #Thompson to find #Joshua #Moore for a 13-yard touchdown.

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#Thompson had a stellar performance in relief of #Ehlinger, going 8-for-10 through the air for 170 yards and four passing touchdowns. #Thompson also rushed 17 yards on four carries in the win.

A third-year player in the program out of #Newcastle, #Okla., #Thompson saw action in six career games before the #Alamo #Bowl, a game in which he relieved #Ehlinger late last season as #Texas blasted #Utah, 38-10. #In the regular season, #Thompson played in two games (a 59-3 win over UTEP on #Sept. 12 and a 69-31 win over #Kansas #State on #Dec. 5) entering #Tuesday’s affair, completing four of seven pass attempts for 55 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 14 yards on four carries.





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