7:21 AM PT -- 4/7 -- Texas released a touching video tribute to Jake ... showing some of the linebacker's happiest moments in a Longhorns uniform -- from running out of the tunnel holding the American flag to smiling alongside his brother, Sam.
"We love you Jake," Texas said in the tweet Thursday.
Sam Ehlinger's younger brother -- Univ. of Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger -- was found dead near campus on Thursday ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.
A spokesperson for the Austin Police Department tells us cops received a call at around 12:18 PM, and a short time later, found Jake's body just blocks away from the university.
The spokesperson did not reveal a cause of death or any other details surrounding the tragedy ... but did note the department is considering it all "non-suspicious."
Jake walked onto the Longhorns' team in 2019 -- joining up with his older brother, Sam, who was a STAR quarterback for UT for the previous few seasons.
Jake did not log a snap in his first two years on the team.
Sam and Jake were very close ... in fact when Sam was picked by the Indianapolis Colts in the 6th round of the NFL Draft last week -- the two brothers shared a long embrace with other family members.
Jake was just 20 years old.
Originally Published -- 5/6 -- 3:08 PM