By Kate Winkle, Alex Caprariello, Jaclyn Ramkissoon

Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger has been found dead just days after his brother Sam was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL draft. 

Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns and Jake Ehlinger #48 run onto the field before the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

Officers found the 20-year-old dead after responding to a call at 12.18.pm on Thursday. His body was found just blocks away from the University of Texas campus. 

Police did not detail how they found the sophomore but said the death is not considered suspicious and there were no signs of foul play. No cause of death was immediately released.

Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead off campus

His death comes just days after his brother, former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, became a sixth-round pick in the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts after a college career that saw him rank among Texas’ career passing leaders.

Emotional video shows Jake embracing his brother after he received a call from the Colts to tell him he had been drafted in.

Jake’s death is the second tragedy to hit the Ehlinger family. Ross Ehlinger, Sam and Jake’s father, died in the San Francisco Bay at age 46 in 2013 after suffering an apparent heart attack while competing in the notoriously grueling Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. 

Tributes have been paid to a ‘tremendous person’ who was described as a ‘joy to be around’.

Jake, who was majoring in business at the university, arrived at Texas in 2019 after his playing career at Westlake High School in Austin. But he did not play the last two seasons. 

Jake pictured with his grandmother. Tributes have poured in for the 20-year-old with Miami Dolphins safety Brandon Jones tweeting: ‘Literally devastated. I love the Ehlinger family like my own’

‘Our hearts are truly broken and we are just devastated today to learn of the passing of our Longhorn family member Jake Ehlinger. 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 really struggling with,’ Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said.

In the wake of his death, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted: ‘We grieve and weep with the Ehlinger family. Prayers, love and support.’ 

Jake’s death is the second tragedy to hit the Ehlinger family. Ross Ehlinger, Sam and Jake’s father, died at age 46 in 2013 of an apparent heart attack while competing in a triathlon in San Francisco.

‘Jake was a tremendous person and everything you could ask for in a student athlete,’ new Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said. ‘In the short time we were able to get to know him, he always was a joy to be around and gave everything he had in workouts, meetings, practice and in life.’

Colts officials said the team would support Sam Ehlinger however it could.

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