A sellout crowd of 102,315 witnessed the first ever double-overtime game played in Darrel K Royal Stadium, one of them was Quarterback Sam Ehlinger from Austin (Texas) Westlake High School. He was one of 60 big time recruits to make an unofficial visit as the Longhorns upset the Irish.
“The experience was awesome, the atmosphere was electric, and the energy was out the roof,” Sam Ehlinger said. “I hung out with Walker Little for the whole time; the game was great, and they even had a bad quarter and still pulled it out. After the game, I had a feeling that I haven’t had since the 2006 National Championship, and that’s the feeling of Texas winning. It just feels right.”
Inside the Numbers
6-foot-1 ½, 215-pounds
Westlake High School
Scout Overall Rank No 82
Position Rank No 7
Midland QB Rank No 2
Texas QB Rank No 2
Ehlinger is a consistent and productive quarterback in Texas HS football's largest class who projects to the high-major level. Best trait = accuracy. Consistently hits receivers in right spots, especially on short/intermediate routes. Great touch/accuracy on downfield patterns outside numbers. Quick release. Good velocity. Commands his offense as obvious alpha. Lacks ideal size. Athletic enough to be dangerous runner when play breaks down.-Brooks
2015: Ehlinger led Austin Westlake to a 14-2 record and the Texas Class 6A Division I state championship game, where Westlake fell in overtime to Galena Park North Shore. Ehlinger finished the season with 3,833 passing yards, 50 touchdown throws, and only five interceptions. He also ran for 1,358 yards and 20 touchdowns to give him 5,191 total yards of offense and 70 total touchdowns.
2014: As a sophomore, Ehlinger threw for 2,300 yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions, while rushing for 722 yards and nine touchdowns on 5.3 yards per carry.