QB, AUSTIN WESTLAKE
ALREADY WITH TWO SEASONS OF starting experience at the Class 6A level under his belt, Sam Ehlinger has powerhouse Austin Westlake
poised for another strong season in 2016.
Ehlinger guided Westlake to the 6A Division I
state title game in 2015, when the Chaparrals
fell 21-14 in overtime to Galena Park North
Shore at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Ehlinger, who’s been committed since July
2015 to his hometown Texas Longhorns, is out
to prove this fall that Westlake’s state semi-final upset of Allen and state runner-up finish
was not a one-hit wonder. Ehlinger was Scout.
com’s Offensive Player of the Year for the
Midlands Region (Texas and the Great Plains).
“Westlake should be considered one of the
top teams in the state again this fall as they return many of their key contributors,” said Scout
national analyst Greg Powers. “Ehlinger checks
in as a Scout national top 100 recruit and has
the skills to be an effective quarterback on the
next level. Ehlinger is a true dual-threat who
will pick defenses apart with accurate throws
and quick decision-making, but can also pull
the ball down and be a threat when he runs.
He is a physical runner.”
In the past two seasons, Ehlinger has
posted eye-opening numbers.
As a junior, Ehlinger amassed almost 5,200
total yards of offense and 70 total touchdowns. He threw for 3,833 yards, 50 scores,
and only five interceptions, while rushing for
1,358 yards and 20 more touchdowns. That
monster season followed a sophomore debut
in 2014 that included 3,000-plus total yards of
offense and 33 total touchdowns.
Ehlinger is a poised, determined leader who
embodies all of the positive traits associated
with the quarterback position.
“I would say that my accuracy and my
mental preparation are my biggest strengths,”
Ehlinger said. “Being mentally prepared gives
me no doubt of where to throw the football,
and then after that if I’m accurate, it’s a