An ambitious project from PFF. Big lists are easy to pick apart, but it’s hard as hell to do. Particularly if you also control for surrounding talent and supporting casts.
Longhorn signal caller Sam Ehlinger came out #6 in the country. Hard for me to argue with the top two in Trevor Lawrence and Tua Taigovailoa. At #3, Oregon’s Justin Herbert is a better pro prospect than college performer to date. If you haven’t seen Houston’s King or North Texas’ Fine, they’re damn good players, but I think I’ll take our guy.
Ehlinger leads all returning Big 12 quarterbacks with his 113.5 passer rating from a clean pocket, one of the more stable metrics when looking at quarterback progression from year to year. It’s likely that his third season in Austin should be his best yet and once again set the PFF College record for single-season grade from a Texas quarterback even higher. His 19:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio from a clean pocket is one of the country’s best and he’s been no slouch when the opposition has sent extra rushers on a blitz, seeing a 100.5 passer rating on such passes. He can handle what the defense shows him and is ready to take the next step in an already remarkable career to date.
Quite a few season opponents have their signal callers in the Top 25. If you want the scoop on how Texas will deal with them, this is a good investment.