Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was discovered dead Thursday, according to authorities. He was 20 years old.
The Austin Police Department said it received a call at 12:18 p.m. and responded to the 1200 block of W. 22nd St., a residential area near the Texas campus. Police then found Jake Ehlinger, who was a redshirt sophomore.
No cause of death or other details were provided. Authorities said his death wasn’t considered suspicious.
“Our hearts are truly broken and we are just devastated today to learn of the passing of our Longhorn family member Jake Ehlinger,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement. “Jake was an amazing young man from an extraordinary family with such a bright future ahead of him.
“It’s just such a tragedy that we are all really 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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— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) May 7, 2021
The absence is yet another setback for the Ehlinger family. Ross, Jake and Sam’s father, died of a heart attack in 2013 while participating in a triathlon in San Francisco. Since growing up as season-ticket holders, both sons aspired to play for Texas.
Just five days ago, Jake was celebrating with Sam, their sister, Morgen, and their mother, Jena, after the Indianapolis Colts selected Sam in the sixth round of last week’s NFL Draft.
“It’s very sad and tragic news that we received this afternoon during such an exciting time for the family, and our hearts and prayers are with the whole family,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said in a tweet. “I know how close they were, and we’re just stunned, but we’re praying and trusting that God has a plan.”
“We are doing everything we can to console the family and do what we can to make things as easy as possible at this difficult time.”
For the last four seasons, Sam Ehlinger has been the Longhorns’ starting quarterback. Jake Ehlinger, who played at Westlake High School, subsequently replaced his older brother at Texas in 2019 and has spent the last two years as a linebacker.