Sam Ehlinger declares for NFL Draft

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After four years, there will not be a fifth.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger announced Sunday he would not return to the Longhorn football program for a fifth year and will begin preparations for the NFL Draft. He has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, the school announced.

Ehlinger played in 46 games as a Longhorn and started 43. He leaves Texas in second place for most major passing categories including completions (923), passing yards (11,436), total offense (13,343), passing touchdowns (94), and total touchdowns responsible for (127).

Ehlinger committed to Texas in 2015 and remained committed through the transition from Charlie Strong to Tom Herman. He enrolled early in 2017, and competed with Shane Buechele for the starting quarterback role.

The two shared responsibility before Ehlinger won the competition ahead of the 2018 season. He has started every Texas game since then.

Ehlinger’s signature wins came during that 2018 season in Texas’ 48-45 defeat of Oklahoma and a 28-21 victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

A litany of honors have been bestowed on Ehlinger for both on- and off-field work, including All-Big 12 second-team recognition, Academic All-Big 12 first-team recognition, the William V. Campbell trophy, and the Allstate AFCA Good Works team.