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University of Texas Linebacker Jake Ehlinger Found Dead off Campus at 20

Lois Oladejo
May 07, 2021
12:50 P.M.
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Texas Longhorns star Jake Ehlinger has been pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive in a residential area near the University of Texas Campus in Austin.


University of Texas student-athlete Jake Ehlinger was confirmed dead yesterday after authorities found him unresponsive at the 1200 block of West 22nd Street.

The residential area was close to the school's campus. The Austin Police department relayed that it responded to a distress call at 12:18 pm and later identified Jake as a sophomore student in the school.

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No cause of death has been confirmed, and authorities believe that Jake's death held no suspicions. The late athlete is the younger brother of newly-signed Indianapolis Colts player Sam Ehlinger.

Last week, a hale and hearty Jake joined his sister, Morgen, and mom, Jena, to celebrate Sam's latest milestone as he joined the Indianapolis Colts. Sam formerly played as a quarterback for the Texas Longhorns.


While the brothers were growing up, they both dreamed of playing for the Longhorns after they were ticket holders for a while. Until the time of his death, Jake, 20, was a linebacker for the football team.

He was the director of the Westlake Pop Warner football league.


The late sports star's coach, James Sarkisian, announced on Twitter, sharing an image of the youngster in his sports gear. Sarkisian referred to Jake as a tremendous person.

Jake's passing is sadly the second death the family is dealing with. His dad, Ross, was said to have passed on in 2013 at the age of 46. Ross died during a triathlon competition in San Francisco.


Jake's close pal, Myles Mass, wrote of the time Ross died; he shared that Jake had called his dad's death the hardest thing he went through. Mass, in his tribute, referred to Jake as his "brother 4 life."

The boys' dad was an Austin attorney, and he was said to have been a staunch advocate for youth sports because of his passion for fitness and sports. He was the director of the Westlake Pop Warner football league.

Following Ross's death, his sons continued to show their passion for sports. Jake was said to have joined his brother in Texas in 2019. However, he did not receive playtime all through and later chose the redshirt in the 2020 season.