As Texas looks to wrap up a spot in its conference’s championship game, it appears the Longhorns will have their starting quarterback under center.
In Saturday’s win over Iowa State, Sam Ehlinger aggravated the AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder that he had originally injured earlier in the season. Monday, Ehlinger’s status was decidedly up in the air for this Friday’s game against Kansas.
Wednesday, however, there was a decidedly optimistic update from the football program.
“Ehlinger’s injured right shoulder continues to progress as Texas’ sophomore QB fully participated in practice on Wednesday,” a release from the school began. “He increased his workload to 40 live throws during UT’s final workout before heading to Lawrence on Thanksgiving Day.”
Most notably, head coach Tom Herman stated that he is expecting Ehlinger to play against the Jayhawks. Should Ehlinger suffer a setback over the next 48 hours or so, Shane Buechele would once again step into the starting role.
A Texas win over Kansas would mean the Longhorns will face the winner of Friday night’s Oklahoma-West Virginia matchup in the Big 12 championship game the following weekend.