Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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In fact-finding mode, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger will seek NFL draft advisory grade

Ehlinger, LT Sam Cosmi both filling out paperwork to seek out information; ‘It’s just let’s see what they say’

Posted December 29th, 2019

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SAN ANTONIO — It raised eyebrows Sunday when junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger said he would seek information from the NFL draft advisory committee about his potential draft status for 2020.

Call it a fact-finding mission more than a quarterback worried about the Longhorns’ offensive future.

“It’s just let’s see what they say,” Ehlinger said at an Alamo Bowl press conference. “I really haven’t thought about it. I want to win a bowl game.”

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The stated purpose for the so-called College Advisory Committee is to give feedback to college athletes so that “players have all the facts.” The committee labels each underclassman as a potential first-rounder, second-rounder or nothing, which means stay in school.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) celebrates a 27-24 win over Kansas State during an NCAA college football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov., 9, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

The majority of Texas underclassmen who have applied to the committee in recent years were told to stay in school, but few followed that advice. Most were not drafted where they hoped.

Offensive line coach Herb Hand also said left tackle Sam Cosmi, a draft-eligible sophomore, has also completed paperwork to get his NFL draft grade from the committee, too.

“I haven’t really sat down and talked to a whole lot of people about it just because I’m focused on leading these guys and being he best I can be for them,” Ehlinger said. “Honestly, going into this year, I didn’t really even think about it. I wasn’t considering that at all. So I just feel extremely blessed that’s even a question that’s being talked about.”

Ehlinger has thrown for 3,462 yards and 29 touchdowns this season, putting him just behind Colt McCoy in UT’s record book. The Westlake product has the chance to challenge McCoy for almost every passing record should he stay all four years.

Ehlinger said he has not been told much about UT’s offensive philosophy in 2020. The school is expected to announced Ohio State assistant Mike Yurcich as the new offensive coordinator soon.

Asked about the offensive direction, Ehlinger said, “I honestly have no idea. I hope in the right way and trust in the right way, absolutely. I trust that everything will fall in line, and I trust that will all be for the better.”

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

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