Texas defensive back Caden Sterns (7) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) in Lawrence, Kan., on Nov. 23, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Football writers laud Texas safety Caden Sterns as one of America’s top freshmen

Posted January 7th, 2019


Texas freshman safety Caden Sterns entered his first season of college football as a five-star recruit. He’ll exit his debut as an All-American.

The Football Writers Association of America named Sterns a Freshman All-American on Monday. Sterns had previously been given the same designation by USA Today and ESPN. Sterns was one of 32 freshmen honored by the FWAA.

The FWAA last recognized a UT freshman in 2016 when center Zach Shackelford made the cut. Since 2001, 13 Longhorns have been named a Freshman All-American by the organization.


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Sterns missed the Sugar Bowl with a leg injury, but he started the first 13 games of UT’s season. Over those 13 appearances, the Cibolo product amassed 62 tackles, four interceptions and a blocked field goal that teammate Anthony Wheeler returned for a touchdown. Those four interceptions tied a school record for freshmen defenders.

Last month, Sterns was honored as the Big 12’s Defensive Freshman of the Year. He was also named a semifinalist for the 2018 Jim Thorpe Award.

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