• Brian L. Barefield

Former Longhorn Quarterback Using Work Ethic Leads To More First Team Reps

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The foot injury to starting Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz has left the team in a conundrum at the position.

On the one hand you have Jacob Eason who was drafted in the fourth round in the 2020 NFL Draft who is getting the majority of the first team snaps and on the other hand you have former University of Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger breathing down Eason’s neck to get more of those reps Eason is getting.

Oh. And then there is Nick Foles who is using Chicago Bears press conferences to apply for the Colts job.

I digress.

Eason has been struggling during training camp while Ehlinger has gained momentum and could find himself in the starters role sooner than expected.

“I’m really impressed with where Sam (Ehlinger) is,” said Colts head coach Frank Reich said after practice on Wednesday. “Not only mentally but just whatever the ‘it’ factor is. It’s not too big for him, you can feel that. He’s got a presence about him, and he has instincts. You can feel that he has good quarterback instincts. He understands. I told him yesterday, it’s very apparent he understands how to keep the game simple and that’s a big deal. He does a good job of that.”

Ehlinger, who was drafted in the sixth round in the 2021 NFL Draft, finished his career at the University of Texas with 11, 436 yards passing and 94 touchdowns.

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