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Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell tagged Texas freshman QB Sam Ehlinger as the No. 3 freshman performer for Week 3.

"Yes, his QBR wasn’t good and yes, he threw two picks (against USC)," Farrell writes, "but under duress much of the game and without his left tackle for a long stretch, Ehlinger still passed for 298 yards and two scores and looked beyond his years at times." The 6-foot-1, 207-pounder started in place of Shane Buechele on Saturday and finished the narrow loss to the Trojans having completed 21-of-40 passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also fumbled twice. While Ehlinger flashed on Saturday, Buechele is expected to start for the Longhorns moving forward so long as he is healthy. Texas is off on bye this coming weekend.
Source: Rivals
Sep 20 - 7:26 PM

Texas shifted redshirt freshman DT Tope Imade back to the offensive line.

Imade was signed as a guard and then moved to defense. With three tackles out -- including left tackle Connor Williams (knee) for several weeks -- the Longhorns desperately need to fortify their offensive front. Enter Imade. "That’s going to be a crash course for him," HC Tom Herman said. "But he’s a big body that can, in an emergency by next Thursday, hopefully get in somebody’s way."
Sep 20 - 3:38 PM

Texas sophomore QB Shane Buechele (shoulder) took 60-percent of the snaps with the first team on Tuesday.

Freshman Sam Ehlinger took the rest. Speaking about his tenuous quarterback situation, HC Tom Herman said: "No Wally Pipp for the moment." In other words, as he's said before, Herman doesn't anticipate Buechele losing his job due to an injury. Buechele has missed the last two games with a bruised throwing shoulder suffered in the opening-game loss to Maryland. The Horns are on a much-needed bye this week, giving Buechele more time to heal.
Sep 20 - 2:55 PM

NFL Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline named Texas junior LB Malik Jefferson one of his "risers" after his performance on Saturday against USC.

"Pressured applied all evening by Jefferson helped contain the otherwise explosive Trojans offense, Pauline said." He had quarterback Sam Darnold playing back on his heels and looking for pass rushers as much as he was looking for pass receivers." Jefferson (6'3/240) finished with 11 tackles against the Trojans, with two of those tackles going for loss.
Sep 18 - 10:02 PM

Texas junior WR Armanti Foreman (wrist) will be limited at practice this week.

Foreman (6-0) suffered the sprained wrist in the double-overtime loss to USC. He should be considered day-to-day for now.
Sep 18 - 9:19 PM

Texas LT Connor Williams tore the meniscus in his left knee and sustained a sprain of the medial and posterior collateral ligaments in the same knee.

Arthroscopic surgery is necessary to fix the meniscus injury. Bruce Feldman reports there is no timetable for a return, however, those inside Texas headquarters believe the injury could have been much more serious. Many view Williams as the top left tackle in the country.
Source: SI.com
Sep 18 - 9:49 AM

Texas HC Tom Herman said that if sophomore QB Shane Buechele (shoulder) is healthy, he will receive the bulk of the reps with the first-team offense this week.

It sounds like the sun may be setting on the Sam Ehlinger Era, at least for the time being. True freshman Ehlinger has started each of the past two games for the Longhorns while Buechele has been on the mend from a bruised throwing shoulder suffered at the beginning of the season. Texas is off on bye this next weekend before they face off with Iowa State in Week 5, giving Buechele plenty of time to heal up over the next two weeks.
Sep 17 - 11:44 AM

Texas junior T Connor Williams was forced out of Saturday's loss to USC due to a knee injury.

Williams (6'6/320) had his knee rolled under him on Saturday and required assistance to exit the field of play. His status for the long-term has yet to be determined. He was sporting a brace on his knee after the game. We'll have a better idea of the severity of this injury once Williams has been reevaluated. He's one of the top draft prospects at tackle.
Sep 17 - 11:30 AM

Texas freshman QB Sam Ehlinger completed 21-of-40 passes for 298 yards and two scores with two interceptions in a 27-24 loss to USC on Saturday.

There were good things for the freshman Ehlinger, and some really not good things. That's too be expected when you're starting a freshman against the No.4 team in the country on the road. His two touchdowns were as clutch as you get, a strike in the right corner of the end zone to give Texas a 17-14 lead with just 45 seconds left, and a short touchdown pass that tied the game at 24-24 at the end of the first overtime. Unfortunately, he also had a fumble near the goal line that USC recovered, and ultimately cost them the game. All things considered this was a gritty performance, but realistically, Ehlinger will need to show better accuracy if Texas is going to contend in the Big-12 -- assuming Shane Buechele doesn't take over starting duties when he's healthy enough to go.
Sep 17 - 1:03 AM

Texas sophomore WR Collin Johnson caught seven passes for 193 yards in a 27-24 double-overtime loss to USC on Saturday.

It's a shame for Johnson that the Longhorns weren't able to win the game, because at times, he looked like the best player on the field, and yes that includes Sam Darnold. The 6-foot-6, 212-pound wideout consistently bailed out quarterback Sam Ehlinger and kept Texas in the game. He'll look to keep the good run going against Iowa State next week.
Sep 17 - 12:57 AM

Texas freshman QB Sam Ehlinger started against USC on Saturday.

Ehlinger made his second consecutive collegiate start in place of Shane Buechele, who continues to deal with a shoulder injury. USC leads the Longhorns 7-0 with a minute remaining before halftime.
Sep 16 - 10:07 PM

Texas HC Tom Hermann says that sophomore QB Shane Buechele (shoulder) has increased his throwing each day of practice, and will probably play in "some capacity" on Saturday against USC.

It confirms an earlier report that Buechele is probable to play against the Trojans, but only muddles things more as to whether or not he'll start. Sam Ehlinger certainly held his own in week two, but this is a different animal we're talking about. We expect Buechele to make the start if healthy, but it's far from a certainty.
Sep 14 - 8:04 PM

An NFC scouting director panned Texas junior LB Malik Jefferson.

"I see Malik (Jefferson) and all of this hype around him as carry over from when he came in highly recruited," he said. "Where is the production? Where do you see him dominate games on tape? It's not on the tape yet." Jefferson is a size/speed maven who, as the evaluator alludes to, hasn't produced thus far. He's managed double-digit tackles in only one career game, and he's averaged a mediocre 60.5 tackles per season over his first two campaigns. Not only that, but has TFL, fumbles forced and recovered and interception totals aren't befitting of a player with his gifts. "On tape, Jefferson is lacking in instincts and anticipation, which might explain why he has lower tackle numbers," NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote. The player compared by ESPN's Mel Kiper to Jarrad Davis has a chance to begin reversing this narrative under the spotlight on Saturday against USC.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 14 - 5:42 PM

Texas sophomore QB Shane Buechele (shoulder) is probable to play against USC on Saturday.

Buechele has returned to practice and OC Tim Beck likes the progress he's seen in recent days. That said, Beck declined to name Buechele the starter for Saturday's game against the Trojans. "Who knows right now," Beck said. "We’re just kind of waiting and seeing what happens. We’re plugging away as scheduled and working hard putting together our game plan and practicing. Obviously, as the week goes on we’ll have more information." With Buechele nursing a bruised throwing shoulder, true freshman Sam Ehlinger went 15-for-27 for 222 yards and a touchdown in last week's blowout win over San Jose State. If Buechele is surprisingly ruled out for USC, Ehlinger will start again.
Source: 247 Sports
Sep 14 - 5:33 PM

Rivals analyst Adam Gorney believes that Texas four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Cameron Rising could eventually flip to Oregon.

Rising (6'3/195) sounds pretty locked in with the Longhorns at this point -- he is not planning any official visits outside of Austin -- but Gorney does not see this as a done deal quite yet. He points out that Rising has already made one surprise flip, shifting over from a pledge to Oklahoma to his current Texas commitment during the summer. The analyst passes along that Oregon has continued to doggedly pursue his pledge even through both the OU and Texas commitments. Rising ranks as Rivals' No. 75 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Sep 14 - 4:14 PM


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