NEW ORLEANS — The oft-asked query about Texas soccer received an emphatic reply on Tuesday evening, a minimum of so far as sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger was involved.
Ehlinger, who was named MVP within the No. 15 Longhorns’ 28-21 win over No. 5 Georgia within the Allstate Sugar Bowl, stood on stage in the course of the trophy presentation in the course of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and was requested what the win did to springboard Texas into subsequent season.
Ehlinger, with a sly smile, leaned into the microphone and mentioned: “Longhorn Nation — we’re baaaaaaaaack!”
The burnt-orange-clad followers went wild. And a few gamers agreed.
The Longhorns confirmed the place this system is heading by securing their first 10-win season in a decade.
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“He is completely proper,” Texas linebacker Gary Johnson mentioned. “That is one thing that we did, the coaches did. They instilled the tradition in us, and we took it and ran with it. Like he mentioned, Texas is again.”
Defensive lineman Charles Omenihu mentioned he embraced Ehlinger’s confidence.
“When he mentioned that, I used to be like, ‘Hold saying it,'” Omenihu mentioned. “That is the arrogance this man exudes to the offense and to the entire workforce, and I’ve counseled him so many instances. And I am going to commend him once more for simply being the man he’s and the best way he’s as a result of it is actually been transcending and galvanizing to all people on this entire workforce and the entire college.”
The phrase, initially uttered by Joe Tessitore following the Longhorns’ additional time win over Notre Dame to open the 2016 season, appeared like a proclamation on the time, however after the workforce went 5-7 and missed a bowl sport, it grew to become a punchline. With the Longhorns clinching their first 10-win season since 2009, it is not being utilized in a joking method a lot anymore.
“I feel he was proper,” Texas linebacker Anthony Wheeler mentioned. “Us going on the market, the rating won’t say it, however we sort of dominated, I really feel. Him saying that, it meant every little thing.”
Requested if his coronary heart dropped when he heard Ehlinger say the phrases, Texas coach Tom Herman mentioned, “Sure!” with fun.
“I am going to by no means know what which means, ‘Is Texas again?'” Herman mentioned. “It may imply a whole lot of various things. And so I am going to by no means touch upon that. I do know we’re headed in the precise path. I do not ever wish to give any sort of finality to the place we’re at as a result of we’re all the time making progress.”
Some gamers took a equally reserved method.
“We’re gonna see,” Texas receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey mentioned. “We have an entire different season subsequent yr and an entire lot of labor to do that offseason, so we’re gonna see.”