Oklahoma Sooners Football: Texas QB Sam Ehlinger poses a unique challenge for the OU defense

By Seth Oliveras

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger may be a true freshman, but he has the potential to cause a lot of problems for Oklahoma.

For the third straight season, the Oklahoma Sooners will face a first-year starter at quarterback when they line up against the Texas Longhorns. Even as a true freshman, Sam Ehlinger has come up big in some key moments when the Longhorns needed somebody to make a play. So what kinds of challenges does Ehlinger present for the Sooners?

From a purely physical standpoint, Ehlinger is a grown man. At 6’2” and 230, the Austin native is not afraid of getting hit in the pocket. In fact, when he takes off down field, he’s been known to dish out the punishment as well.

True freshman QB Sam Ehlinger finished with 380 passing yards, 108 rushing yards and this bulldozing run. #Hookempic.twitter.com/Lb65dj2GCm

— Hookem Football (@hornsfootball) October 8, 2017

In his three starts, Ehlinger is averaging 3.6 yards per carry on 15.3 attempts per game. However rushing numbers for a quarterback can be a bit deceiving, as sacks factor into that equation. In order for the Sooners to combat Ehlinger on the run, tackling has to …read more

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