Texas defensive back Caden Sterns (7) pumps up the crowd against Tulsa in Austin on Sept. 8, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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DeShon Elliott on Texas freshman Caden Sterns: “He is better than me.”

Posted October 17th, 2018

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Ex-Texas star safety DeShon Elliott apparently thinks highly of his replacement in the Longhorns’ secondary.

Earlier this week on its Instagram account, the Texas football program celebrated Caden Sterns’ placement on ESPN’s midseason freshman All-America team. In the post’s comments section, a user suggested that Sterns might be a better player than Elliott. In a response to that comment, Elliott said that “he is better than me.”

Considering the source, that can be considered high praise for Sterns. Last season at Texas, Elliott was a unanimous All-American and finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Elliott left UT after his junior year and was drafted by Baltimore in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

It took Elliott, however, until his third year on campus before he developed into a standout safety. That has not been the case with Sterns.

Read more: Texas freshman Caden Sterns off to a howling-good start with Longhorns

A five-star recruit from Cibolo Steele High, Sterns has started in all seven of UT’s games this season. His four interceptions are tied for the freshman-class record at Texas. The Big 12 has honored Sterns as its Newcomer of the Year once this fall.

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