By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Texas Longhorns linebacker Jake Ehlinger has passed away. He was 20.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. The authorities have not said how he died.
“Words cannot express the depth of our sadness and the huge void we are feeling, but above all else, our hearts pour out to Sam, (mother) Jena, (sister) Morgen, and the entire Ehlinger family,” Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. “Jake was a tremendous person and was everything you could ask for in a student-athlete. Being a Longhorn meant everything to him, and he truly embodied all that it means to be one.”
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The police found Ehlinger off campus on Thursday around 12:18 pm local time. His body was found at the 1200 block of West 22nd Street, according to reports.
The authorities do not believe his death was suspicious. He was a preferred walk-on with the Longhorns the past two seasons.
However, he did not see any playing time in 2019 or 2020. When he was on the Longhorns roster, he was teammates with his older brother Sam Ehlinger, who was the star quarterback.
His death comes days after the older Ehlinger was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts last Saturday. In a video online, you can see Jake celebrating the moment with family and friends.
This is the second death in the Ehlinger immediate family. Their father passed away in 2013, as he was competing in a triathlon in San Francisco.
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“Jake was an amazing young man from an extraordinary family with such a bright future ahead of him,” Longhorns Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said in a statement. “It’s just such a tragedy that we are all struggling with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones and friends, especially the Ehlinger family and our entire football program.”
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