Texas receiver Collin Johnson (9) runs for a first down against Oklahoma at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Dec. 1, 2018. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas will send six players to Big 12 media days next week at AT&T Stadium

Sam Ehlinger will be Longhorns' first QB representative since David Ash went in 2013

Posted July 8th, 2019

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Texas will send a whopping six players to Big 12 media days next week at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and for the first time in years, one of those will be a quarterback.

Sam Ehlinger headlines the group that will represent the Longhorns at the league’s preseason signature event. It’s the first time a quarterback has represented UT at Big 12 media days since David Ash went before the 2013 season.

Texas defensive lineman Malcolm Roach (32) celebrates a fumble recovery against Georgia during the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2019 in New Orleans. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

Big 12 media days are Monday and Tuesday. The event brings together all the league’s coaches and top players to one central location for reporters to discuss the upcoming season.

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Ehlinger, a junior, will be one of the main attractions as the league is now without a clear-cut Heisman frontrunner. The Westlake product guided UT to a 10-4 finish and a win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl last season.

Receiver Collin Johnson and center Zach Shackelford will also represent the Texas offense. Heading into his senior season, Johnson has 2,065 career receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Shackelford is heading into his fourth season as the starting center.

The Longhorns will have three defensive players speaking on that unit’s behalf — safety Brandon Jones, linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch and defensive end Malcolm Roach.

Jones considered going pro last season but returned for his senior year and will lead a secondary alongside Caden Sterns. McCulloch had a breakout performance last season as a junior and will be a team leader as a senior.

Roach is the player some believe could be the league’s top pass rushers. He missed six games last season with a foot injury but returned for the Big 12 championship game and Sugar Bowl. The Louisiana-raised Roach has 90 career tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss.

This will be the first time Big 12 media days will be held in Arlington, the home of the Big 12 championship game. The league is scheduled to announce its preseason poll, All-Big 12 team and preseason player of the year honors later this week.

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

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