Texas LB Jake Ehlinger, Brother of Former Longhorns QB Sam, Found Dead

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 6, 2021

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University of Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead Thursday.

Austin police did not specify a cause of death but do not consider his death suspicious, per Brian Davis of Hookem.com. Police said they received a call just after noon Thursday and responded to the 1200 block of West 22nd Street, where they found Ehlinger.

News of Ehlinger's death led to an outpouring of support:

Texas Football @TexasFootball

Our hearts are broken. We love you Jake. You’ll be dearly missed, but never forgotten. <br><br>48💔 pic.twitter.com/eIdkFULkTb

Isaac Pearson @Isaac_Pearson23

Rest In Peace mate. Sending all my love to @sehlinger3 and the rest of the Ehlinger family. #48 🧡

J. HALL-MOORE @_TheJoshuaMoore

R.I.P 48, your effort &amp; energy everyday was unmatched! Gonna miss you bro, watch over us this season.🕊

Okie @DenzelOkafor

Rest up Jake 🖤 https://t.co/GSoMaKfB1C

Jake Majors @jakob_majors

rest easy 48.... watch over us big man.🖤 https://t.co/sabo0kBhK6

Caden Sterns @CSterns_7

Love bro.. Rest Easy Jake❤️ https://t.co/x4vZzTf2r7

B. Harris @B6Harris

My prayers go out to the Ehlinger family; your longhorn family is here for you. #48 #love

A promising student who had offers to play Ivy League football, Ehlinger instead chose to follow his older brother to Texas as a walk-on. The linebacker did not play in either of his first two seasons, redshirting in 2019 before serving as a backup last season.

Sam Ehlinger was recently drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft.

Their father, Ross, unexpectedly died in 2013 while competing in a triathlon. 


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