Texas freshman Caden Sterns is showing out in Austin.
Sterns, a starter at Joker safety, turned in stellar showings against USC and Tulsa and is beginning to be viewed in the same light as stars who came before him in the defensive backfield before him at Texas.
Youthful in age, Sterns has natural instincts and moxie in spades. And he’s fearless.
Sterns, a 6-foot, 195-pounder from Cibolo Steele, has been earmarked for stardom since before he stepped foot on the 40 Acres in January. He’s already begun living up to those expectations.
Sterns made the play of the game versus USC, bursting through the line to block a 50-yard field goal attempt returned for a touchdown by Anthony Wheeler. He finished the game with two tackles, and nearly added an interception, but his showing was much more impressive than just his statistics.
His highlight-reel performance against the Trojans came after a similar effort in week 2 versus Tulsa, when Sterns intercepted a pass on the Golden Hurricane’s first play from scrimmage.
Asked after the win over USC if he has the mindset that he’s the best player on the field, Sterns smiled and shook his head.
“You have to have that mentality, and we all do,” Sterns said. “Iron sharpens iron — we all make each other better.”
Sterns was a five-star prospect and No. 1-ranked prospect in the state of Texas. He was an early enrollee and participated in the Longhorns’ spring drills, accelerating his jump into the starting lineup.
The sky is the limit for Sterns, who in the season-opener against Maryland became the first defensive back to start his first game as a true freshman for Texas since Blake Gideon in 2008.
“When you’re a young guy coming into it, especially with vets that have played in the system, you can be a little hesitant,” Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said. “But Caden came right in and took over.”
–Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media