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Sterns & Foster: A new law firm? Or perhaps a dynamic duo in the Longhorns’ secondary?

Two freshmen, both highlight members of the 2018 recruiting class, are now key contributors to the Texas defense

Posted October 9th, 2018

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Sterns & Foster sounds like a law firm. Or, laundry detergent.

At Texas, it could be a dynamic duo in the defensive backfield for years to come.

Freshmen safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster were both highlight members of the 2018 recruiting class and key contributors already this season. Sterns has three interceptions so far this season, and Foster had one pick against Tulsa and a key sack against Oklahoma.

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Texas defenders Gary Johnson (33), B.J. Foster (25) and Chris Nelson (97) celebrate a sack of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) in the second half at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Texas won, 48-45. (Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News/TNS)

Together, they combined for 13 tackles against OU, finishing second (Sterns) and third (Foster) respectively on the Longhorns’ stat sheet.

“We’re like Bonnie and Clyde,” Foster said Tuesday during his first meeting with reporters since coming to UT. “That’s my dog, though. We’re going to be real nice. That’s what you need back there, some tight bonds to get some chemistry built up.”

Foster finally got to explain that vicious hit on USC’s Amon-Ra St. Brown in week three where the Trojans’ receiver mouthpiece went flying. Foster was ejected for targeting on the play, but it left no doubt about the Angleton native’s hard-hitting capabilities.

“It was all right. It wasn’t too good,” Foster said. Would he change anything? “Yeah, just aim lower next time. I ain’t going to change nothing. I’m going to be the same.”

Sterns was more downbeat on Tuesday. The Cibolo Steele product won rave reviews for his play in September. But Sterns looked like a freshman at times against the Sooners.

“Personally, I didn’t think I played very well. Just being honest,” Sterns said. “Couple of missed tackles, not communicating well that led to touchdowns for Oklahoma. I’m not really sure what my grade was. It’s over with. Don’t really care about it no more.”

Sterns has said he wants to have an impact this season. Foster echoed those comments on Tuesday. Both were early enrollees last January, and that had a direct impact on their playing time now.

“We’ve just got to wait for our time to come,” Foster said. “Everybody’s not able to go out there and play like most of us are. When our number is called, we’ve got to get out there and show ’em what we can do.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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