Sam Ehlinger named Texas starter

Sam Ehlinger

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The waiting game is over. Texas football coach Tom Herman announced that “barring any sort of catastrophe between now and the Maryland game, Sam Ehlinger will be the starting quarterback.” 

Herman said Ehlinger took the bulk of the snaps with the starters and Shane Buechele took the bulk of the snaps with the backups. 

“He’s throwing the ball a lot better, he’s sitting in the pocket a lot more comfortably,” said Herman.  “Let’s make no mistake, Shane Buechele had a great camp, we just feel like a lot of years of coaching experience on our staff, so it was just a matter of who do we feel gives us the best chance to win the first game and we’ll see if we’re right.”

Ehlinger started six games last season, he threw for 1,915 yards completing 57.4 percent of his passes. Ehlinger threw 11 touchdown passes and was intercepted seven times. Ehlinger also led the team in rushing with 381 yards and two touchdowns.

While Herman praised Buechele’s play during camp, he doesn’t anticipate any kind of quarterback rotation. Buechele started seven games last season, throwing for 1,405 yards and completing 64 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

Herman also said that Rice graduate transfer Calvin Anderson is slated to start at left tackle while true freshman Sam Cosmi and sophomore Derek Kerstetter continue to battle for the right tackle job.  Kerstetter started the final 10 games last season.

Texas opens against Maryland on Sept. 1 at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland.

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