Texas quarterback Ehlinger is Week 6 Earl Campbell Award winner

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) passes over Kansas State defensive back Kendall Adams (21) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas true freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger looked more like a seasoned-veteran in the Longhorns double-overtime win over Kansas State on Saturday in Austin.

Following just his third collegiate start, Ehlinger was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the sixth week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler vice president, announced on Tuesday.

Ehlinger, a native of Austin, led Texas to a 40-34 win over the Wildcats at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

The Austin Westlake High School graduate completed 30 of 50 pass attempts for 380 yards and two touchdowns. He added 107 yards rushing on 20 attempts.

His 487 yards of total offense were the third-most in school history, behind just Jerrod Heard (2015) and Vince Young (2005). He also became the third player, joining Heard (2015) and Colt McCoy (2009), to throw for at least 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in a game.

Ehlinger’s 380 passing yards were a new school record for a true freshman quarterback, while it was the 10th-most for any player all-time. His 107 rushing yards were the second-most by a true freshman quarterback in school history. Ehlinger’s 30 pass completions and 50 attempts were both new career highs. The 30 completions were the 11th-most in school history, while his 50 attempts were the fifth-most for a single game.

Ehlinger and the Longhorns will travel to Dallas Saturday for the annual AT&T Red River Showdown. Kickoff inside the Cotton Bowl is set for 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

The award, which is named after 1977 Heisman Trophy and Longhorn Earl Campbell, is given annually to the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits enduring characteristics that define Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity. It addition, it is limited to players who were born in the state of Texas, attended a Texas high school or attended a Texas junior college or university.

Previous weekly winners include:

Week 1 - J.K. Dobbins, running back, Ohio State;

Week 2 - Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma;

Week 3 - Nic Shimonek, quarterback, Texas Tech;

Week 4 - Darius Anderson, running back, TCU;

Week 5 - Jarrett Stidham, quarterback, Auburn.

Week 6 Honorable Mentions:

J.T. Barrett, senior quarterback, Ohio State

Hometown: Wichita Falls

High School: Rider

Passing: 20 of 31 for 261 yards, 3 touchdowns

Rushing: 8 carries for 59 yards, TD

Ohio State defeated Maryland, 62-14, Saturday in Columbus, Ohio

Duke Catalon, junior running back, Houston

Hometown: Houston

High School: Aldine Eisenhower

Rushing: 22 carries for 177 yards, 2 TDs

Houston defeated SMU, 35-22, Saturday in Houston

Doroland Dorceus, senior running back, Memphis

Hometown: Spring

High School: Spring

Rushing: 22 carries for 122 yards, 2 TDs

Receiving: 2 catches for 28 yards

Memphis defeated Connecticut, 70-31, Friday in East Hartford, Connecticut

Kenny Hill, senior quarterback, TCU

Hometown: Southlake

High School: Carroll

Passing: 15 of 28 for 188 yards

Rushing: 7 carries for 28 yards, TD

Receiving: 1 catch for 48 yards, TD

TCU defeated West Virginia, 31-24, Saturday in Fort Worth

Kelton Moore, sophomore running back, Nevada

Hometown: Arlington

High School: Seguin

Rushing: 19 carries for 216 yards

Receiving: 5 catches for 46 yards, TD

Nevada defeated Hawaii, 35-21, Saturday in Reno, Nevada

Desmond Nisby, junior running back, Texas Tech

Hometown: San Francisco

High School: Anderson Valley

Rushing: 11 carries for 93 yards, 4 TDs

Texas Tech defeated Kansas, 65-19, on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas


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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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