Texas coach Tom Herman is looking for a voice of calm and reason to help keep the Longhorns focused and playing loose when they start to be affected by the pressure.
In the aftermath of the Longhorns’ fit-and-starts 28-21 win over Tulsa on Saturday, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger said he wants to be that guy, and accepts the role as part of his job.
“I try to be (that voice),” Ehlinger said. “That’s what I was focusing on (the Longhorns’ game-clinching) 13-play drive. I was telling everyone ‘hey, we’re fine – we’re fine. Let’s just do what we do.’ I try to be that voice, and I will continue to do that because that’s what the quarterback should do.”
Ehlinger ran for a touchdown and passed for two more and it was just enough for the Longhorns to outlast a Tulsa team that gave Texas all it could handle. He hit on 21 of 27 passes for 237 yards and ran for an additional 51 yards as the Longhorns improved to 1-1, but it was far from easy.
“We have to control what we can, which is ourselves,” Ehlinger added. “We showed in the first half that when we are playing, and we’re having fun, and attacking and playing loose then we can be really good. In the second half, we hurt ourselves, we weren’t playing to what we could do.
“We just need to find that consistency and play great football and keep playing to the standard of the University of Texas.”
–Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media