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Sporting News: Sam Ehlinger, now Texas’ unquestioned leader, ready to back up Longhorns hype in 2019

Sporting News: Sam Ehlinger, now Texas’ unquestioned leader, ready to back up Longhorns hype in 2019

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger takes a question at Big 12 Media Days in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (PHOTO: John E. Hoover/The Franchise)

ARLINGTON, Texas Sam Ehlinger’s growth as the Texas quarterback has been impossible to miss.

“He’s really developed,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said of Ehlinger at Big 12 Media Days. “When they’re young, they make some mistakes and then they kind of grow out of them. I thought he really improved the latter part of the season.”

Ehlinger’s own coaches and teammates certainly saw that remarkable transition in 2018, from a one-dimensional football player who threw two interceptions at the end of an ugly loss to Maryland to a proficient Big 12 quarterback who set the league record for most consecutive passes without an interception (308).

“If there was a quarterback in the country that improved from Year 1 to Year 2 more than Sam Ehlinger,” said UT coach Tom Herman, “you’re going to have to prove that to me.”

To read the rest of John E. Hoover’s report for Sporting News, click here:

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Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.

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John Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he was co-host of "Further Review" and "The Franchise Drive." Now he's The Franchise college football insider: Oklahoma's state Heisman rep, a voter in the FWAA Super 16 poll, an FWAA media access liaison, and a Big 12 writer at Sporting News and Lindy's preseason magazine. In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist and won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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