Utes ‘Haven’t Seen A Guy Like’ Texas QB Sam Ehlinger

Dec 26, 2019, 8:08 PM | Updated: 8:09 pm
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Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns looks to pass in the fourth quarter against the LSU Tigers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah defensive lineman Bradlee Anae said that the Utes haven’t faced a quarterback this season like Texas Longhorns QB Sam Ehlinger.

Anae and the Utes will take on Ehlinger and the Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Tuesday, December 31.

“He’s a great quarterback,” said Anae of Ehlinger. “He can run. He’s big and can put his head down and run over people. We haven’t seen a guy like this.”

Through 12 games this season, Ehlinger has thrown for 3,462 yards with a 65.1 completion percentage. He’s thrown 29 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions in 2019.

The Texas QB ranks 30th in the country in passing efficiency with a rating of 149.70.

Ehlinger has been a focal point of the Longhorns rushing attack this season as well. He’s carried the ball 152 times for 590 yards and 6 touchdowns.

In Texas’ second game of 2019, the Longhorn quarterback went 31/47 for 401 yards and 4 touchdowns against the then No. 6 LSU. Ehlinger ran for the ball 19 times as Texas fell to LSU 45-38. The Tigers are now the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.

The No. 11 Utes rank fifth in the nation in total defense with only 256.2 yards allowed per game. Utah has limited opponents to 4.4 yards per play this season.

“I’m just excited for the matchup,” said Anae.

Utah and Texas are scheduled to kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and 700 AM.

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