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3 things to know about Colts sixth-round draft pick, quarterback Sam Ehlinger

Nat Newell
Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis Colts took quarterback Sam Ehlinger from the University of Texas in the sixth round of the NFL Draft with pick No. 218. Here is what you need to know about him:

1. Sam Ehlinger and Drew Brees attended the same high school

Sam Ehlinger and Purdue and New Orleans Saints great Drew Brees attended Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. 

Ehlinger wore a Westlake jersey with Brees' No. 15 before playing in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans in 2019. Ehlinger broke a number of Brees' school records, told the New Orleans Times Picayune that it was "really cool" to play in the stadium where Brees established himself as a future hall of famer. Brees offered support on Instagram. 

Also from Westlake? Nick Foles. Foles, of course, who won the Super Bowl with offensive coordinator -- now Colts coach -- Frank Reich in Philadelphia in 2017.

2. Sam Ehlinger played A LOT at Texas

Ehlinger was the national high school player of the year in 2015 and stepped into the starting lineup at the University of Texas almost immediately. He made six starts, completing 57.5% of his passes for 1,915 yards with 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He completed 62.5% of his 1,476 passes for 11,436 yards with 94 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. Ehlinger also rushed for 1,903 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career. 

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He is one of two Power 5 Conference quarterbacks with more than 11,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards.

Nov 27, 2020; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) announced during ceremony honoring Seniors before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

3. Sam Ehlinger wins awards for his leadership

Ehlinger was the 2020 Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year, presented to a Football Bowl Subdivision athlete "who best demonstrates an outstanding record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage integrity and sportsmanship."

He led a pandemic relief effort on GoFundMe that provided more than 150,000 meals and spoke passionately following the death of George Floyd.

“He’s that guy who’s going to be vocal and speak when nobody wants to,” receiver Brennan Eagles told USA Today. “At the end of the day, Sam’s going to be the type of person I can invite to my wedding.”