Texas Longhorns cornerback Kris Boyd and safety Caden Sterns were named semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award on Monday.
The award is presented annually to college football’s top defensive back, and Boyd and Sterns are seeking to become the first Longhorn to win the award since Michael Huff and Aaron Ross (2005-06) won it in consecutive years.
Boyd has started all seven games this season, and is fifth on the team with 30 tackles (24 solo) to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. He also leads the team and is 12th in the nation with nine pass breakups.
Sterns has also started all seven games and has recorded four interceptions – already tying a program record for a freshman. The Cibolo, Texas native also has 26 tackles (19 solo), a pass breakup and a blocked field goal.
Sterns was named the Thorpe Award Player of the Week after picking off two passes against TCU.
Three finalists will be named for the Jim Thorpe Award, with the winner being announced at the College Football Awards show Dec. 6 on ESPN.
–Field Level Media