Texas Longhorns true freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger is in the concussion protocol, head coach Tom Herman announced Monday.
Ehlinger suffered a head injury during the Longhorns’ 13-10 overtime loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, but Herman said during Monday’s press conference that the team is unsure at exactly what point he suffered the injury.
“I have no idea,” Herman said, via Texas’ team website. “It was something that came up after the game and really after media stuff that he did post-game. That’s when the medical guys kind of noticed something off, and he was complaining a little bit. So they evaluated him at that point and sent him home. Nothing concrete at that point Saturday night. Give it 24 hours. He came back yesterday and showed some symptoms.”
Ehlinger looked to have suffered a head injury in the Longhorns’ previous loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 14 but missed only five plays before returning to that game.
“I hope by now we all know that the coach’s role in that is very, very limited, if any,” Herman said Monday. “So my understanding is he was cleared, symptom free the entire week. After the Oklahoma game, obviously, he was cleared enough to go back in the game, and then at some point during the game against Oklahoma State, something happened.”
If Ehlinger hasn’t cleared the concussion protocol by Saturday, the Longhorns will once again turn to Shane Buechele, who has logged two starts this season.
Buechele earned the starting role entering the 2017 season but struggled in the program’s season opening loss to Maryland. The Longhorns sophomore quarterback did lead Texas to a win over Iowa State in his second start this season, which is becoming a more impressive victory given the Cyclones improved play this season.
Texas center Zach Shackelford is also in the concussion protocol and freshman wide receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps is dealing with a knee injury.
“Ehlinger and Zach Shackelford are both in concussion protocol,” Herman said. “So they’ll be day to day. And Reggie Hemphill-Mapps has a sprained knee that we’re hoping — he won’t be ready tomorrow, but we’re hoping that by Wednesday, mid-to-late week, that we get him back available.”