This past weekend, Texas freshman safety Caden Sterns introduced himself to a Big 12 foe and those in the conference who vote for awards.
Sterns was named the Big 12’s newcomer of the week on Monday. In this past weekend’s 31-16 win over No. 17 TCU, Sterns tackled five Horned Frogs and intercepted two passes. Sterns’ first interception spoiled a trick play for TCU, and he set up a Texas touchdown with his second turnover.
This is the first time that the Big 12 has recognized Sterns. He was recognized by the Big 12 one week after senior linebacker Gary Johnson was named the Big 12’s defensive player of the week.
Records? Broken ✅.
Big plays? Made ✅.
Week 4 #Big12FB Players of the Week did it all 👇.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 24, 2018
With his performance, Sterns should have also been a candidate for the conference’s weekly defensive award. That honor instead went to Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. In an overtime game against Army, Murray registered a school-record 28 tackles.
Sterns, a five-star recruit from Cibolo Steele High, has started in all four of UT’s games. He has recorded 15 tackles and a blocked field goal. Sterns’ three interceptions are one off the UT record for freshmen, which is shared by Quandre Diggs (2011) and Chris Carter (1993).
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