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Golden: Sit Sam Ehlinger this Saturday even if he passes concussion protocol

Posted October 24th, 2017

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

On starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s health:

No one will be shocked if Sam Ehlinger clears concussion protocol in time to play in Waco Saturday.

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But he shouldn’t.

The Texas quarterback needs to sit out the Baylor game to literally clear his head.

No one will confuse me with a medical professional, but these eyes have witnessed the freshman get blasted with vicious hits over the last two weekends and in each instance, he followed with questionable decisions.

After he re-entered the Oklahoma game, he threw the ball out of bounds on fourth down with penalty flags on the field. And four plays after he took a big shot near the Oklahoma State sideline, he threw a gift interception into the end zone to end the game on third down when a chip-shot field goal would have forced a second overtime.

Was either play connected to a head injury? There’s no way to know since Ehlinger seemed clear of head following the game both times.

Ehlinger’s 77 rushing attempts over the last four games — be it on designed runs or scrambles — are 10 more than running backs Chris Warren III and Toneil Carter over the same period and those two signed up to take handoffs at Texas.

When asked about his level of concern with the number of Ehlinger’s carries, coach Tom Herman said, “That’s football.” He’s right to a point but there comes a time when a coach can exercise his own judgment and save a hard-nosed player from himself.

Hand the ball to Shane Buechele and Jerrod Heard and give Sam the ball at TCU.

We all lived through the sad David Ash saga and it would be really tough to see Ehlinger go down the same road just as his college career is getting started.

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer scrambles against West Virginia during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. West Virginia won 38-36.(AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

On this weekend’s game versus Baylor:

Can a 3-4 team be involved in a trap game? The answer is yes if that 3-4 team is the one trying to do the trapping. That’s not the case as it applies to the Longhorns, who are playing Baylor, aka the best 0-7 team in college football.

Granted the competition among winless FBS schools isn’t very good — UTEP and Georgia Southern are the other two — but Baylor has been oh-so close to getting that first dub under first-year head coach Matt Rhule.

“Turn on the film,” Herman said. “(Baylor) is a team that was ahead of Oklahoma in the fourth quarter and against West Virginia was down 38-13 and lined up with 17 seconds left for a two-point conversion to tie the game. If you want to look at their record — and this would be me speaking to the team — then you’re looking at the wrong team. Turn on the film. This is a good football team.”

For those interested in recent Texas heartbreak, this doesn’t feel like last year’s team getting ready for that fateful road trip at one-win Kansas. Those Jayhawks were horrible and everybody knew it, whereas Baylor has scored over 40 points twice, including 41 against Oklahoma in an eight-point loss.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL, click here.

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