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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A semifinalist in 2018, Texas safety Caden Sterns returns to the Thorpe Award’s radar

Posted July 22nd, 2019

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When the football season gets underway, someone will be watching one of DBU’s top students.

UT sophomore safety Caden Sterns was placed on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award on Monday. The Thorpe Award annually honors the top defensive back in college football. This preseason watch list featured 46 athletes from 11 conferences.

Texas has twice toasted the winner of the Thorpe Award, which was initially handed out to Baylor’s Thomas Everett in 1986. Michael Huff became the first Longhorn to earn the award in 2005, and Aaron Ross kept the trophy in Austin the following season. Three other Longhorns — Quentin Jammer in 2001, Earl Thomas in 2009 and DeShon Elliott in 2016 — have been a finalist for the Thorpe Award.

As a freshman, Sterns was named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award. Sterns recorded 62 tackles, a blocked field goal and an all-conference nod during his collegiate debut. His four interceptions tied a UT record for freshmen.

Earlier this month, Sterns was among the four Longhorns who earned a spot on the Big 12’s preseason team. He has also been placed on the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award.

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