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Twitter war shows why freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger could be good for Texas football

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The University of Texas football team has been starving for leadership after going on a pretty solid run in the decade of Chris Simms, Vince Young and Colt McCoy. Yes, I stopped the leadership at McCoy.

There was Garrett Gilbert; another McCoy, Case, who was probably best of the bunch since; David Ash; Tyrone Swoopes; Jerrod Heard; and then-freshman Shane Buechele.

One of the big fish in the 2017 recruiting class was Austin Westlake quarterback and Elite 11 QB Sam Ehlinger.

On Tuesday afternoon, Twitter got hot after Ehlinger – a reported alpha male among the freshmen and an early enrollee – made a post about hard work that was re-tweeted by multiple coaches and the official Texas football account.

Apparently former starting safety Dylan Haines did not have an appreciation for the tweet because he responded to the early enrollee freshman with a tweet that led to this exchange:

While that final tweet by Ehlinger led to a barrage of tweets between a number of former Texas players including Quandre Diggs of the Detroit Lions, most of the ire ended up being levied on Haines.

I think the more important thing to note from the day was that Ehlinger, a freshman who has yet to wear the uniform, is speaking of the commitment it takes to win with the encouragement of the coaching staff and Texas football.

For a football program that has been starving for anything more than passive leadership for much of the last eight years, it is refreshing to see Ehlinger graduate from high school early to begin his time at Texas.

If Texas has a chance to return to its former glory, leadership and ownership of the work like Ehlinger is trying to display will be part of the equation. He is behind a quarterback that as a freshman threw for almost 3,000 yards, 21 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. Still, Ehlinger is trying to lead by example.

While the social media age allows for braggadocio and false confidence, I have been told by sources close to the program that Ehlinger’s desire to lead and work is real.

That talk must turn into production, and that production has to turn into wins, but any hint of leadership from the quarterback position is probably applauded by a fan base starving for it.

(You can follow Sean Adams on Twitter @thatsean)

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