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Texas QB Sam Ehlinger on his dustup with OU’s Kyler Murray: ‘I’m moving on to Baylor’

Longhorns quarterback much more open to talking about fellow Westlake grad Drew Brees, now the NFL's all-time passing leader

Posted October 9th, 2018

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Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger wanted no part of rehashing what happened between him and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray after Saturday’s game.

“I’m moving on to Baylor. That’s pretty irrelevant at this point,” Ehlinger said Tuesday.

Murray declined to comment after the game what exactly was said when the two competitors met at the Cotton Bowl. Video showed Murray appearing to brush him off, and Ehlinger commenting as he turned to walk away.

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The audio wasn’t exactly family friendly.

Let’s just say it’ll come up again should Texas and Oklahoma meet in December for the Big 12 championship.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger approached OU’s Kyler Murray after Saturday’s win at the Cotton Bowl. [Rodolfo Gonzalez for AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
The two players had a brief exchange. [Rodolfo Gonzalez for AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
OU’s Kyler Murray then turned away and appeared to brush off Sam Ehlinger. [Rodolfo Gonzalez for AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

Ehlinger was far more open about Drew Brees, a fellow Westlake product who became the NFL’s all-time passing leader Monday night. The New Orleans Saints quarterback broke Peyton Manning’s record and now has 72,103 career passing yards.

“It was incredible. It’s really awesome that it happened to such an incredible person,” Ehlinger said. “He’s such a great dude off the field. Being able to go to the same high school as him and feeling that sense of pride, knowing that I walked through the same halls that he did and played on the same field, that’s really, really cool.”

Westlake can now claim the NFL’s all-time passing leader (Brees), the reigning Super Bowl MVP (Eagles quarterback Nick Foles) and one of the NFL’s best kickers (Baltimore’s Justin Tucker). Meanwhile, rival Lake Travis has the current Heisman Trophy winner (Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield).

Ehlinger, the Westlake grad, will square off against Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, a Lake Travis product, on Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

“I don’t know what it is,” Ehlinger said. “I think it could have something to do with that no one really considers Central Texas a dominant powerhouse for athletes, and that makes everyone work harder.

“Everyone always wants to say Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth, that’s where all the athletes come from,” he added. “I don’t know what it is. But Central Texas has produced some very, very good payers in the NFL and it’s very impressive.”

What’s up with all this Westlake-Lake Travis love anyway? These two schools are supposed to hate each other. The rivalry gets renewed Friday at Westlake. Lake Travis’ current starter, Hudson Card, is committed to the Longhorns for the class of 2020.

The Westlake grad had to give Cameron Dicker, the UT kicker from Lake Travis, some love for his game-winning boot against OU.

“Dicker goes to Texas now, in my mind,” Ehlinger said. “There’s no uncomfortableness there.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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