Texas Junior Safety Caden Sterns is giving up the rest of the 2020 season and announcing a draft for the NFL in 2021
In seven games, Stern recorded 52 games, 1.5 games to lose, one interception and three misses. In his last game for Texas, Stearns recorded 13 high careers and half of his losses last Friday with a 23-20 loss to Iowa.
“I will always look at my time in Austin as some of the best years of my life, especially with my teammates who have become my brothers,” Stearns said. “I want to thank the coach (Tom) Herman, Coach (Chris) Ash and all my coaches for guiding me to take my game to the next level and everything they did for me throughout my UT career. First of all, I want to thank my family for all their support as I begin the next chapter. I could not be more excited than what the future holds, and I will always be a long horn at heart. “
After offensive attacks Samuel Cosmy decided on Sunday to declare the draft for the NFL, giving up the last two games of the regular season, Herman said on Monday that he did not expect other rejections. If a player other than Cosmy were to give up, Herman told a teleconference of the Big 12 coaches on Monday before his regular weekly press conference, “they would already be happening.”
When discussing Cosmi’s decision, Herman said he was “extremely proud” of the starter and captain of the team with 34 games, which is currently expected to be one of the first offensive battles selected in the project. During his press conference, Herman was asked if he thought Cosmi’s departure had the potential to set a negative precedent for packing and preparing for the next level when things get tough on the field.
Herman didn’t think so, adding that the coaches weren’t trying to kick Cosmi out of his decision.
“I think Sam had decided,” Herman said. “No one is blaming him. Sam is in a very unique position, a position that none of our football team has, which means that he has the opportunity to be selected for the first round. I don’t think this sets any example for anyone on our football team, because everyone’s situation is unique. “
Stearns may not have predicted an early round like Cosmy, but his release ends the career of one of the most highly regarded rookies Herman has landed in his forty-acre tenure. Overall outlook for No. 19 and the No. 1 employment safety in the nation at 247Sports Composite in 2018, Stern is the highest-rated defensive position in the history of 247Sports Composite to sign with Longhorns (25 in the 247Sports rankings) of all time. signed in Texas).
Stearns was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2018, when he collected one of the best seasons for a true freshman in Texas. Until he became Longhorn’s first defender since then Blake Gideon in 2008 to start the first 13 consecutive seasons as a true freshman (a knee injury forced Stern to miss the team’s Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia), Sterns was named All-American freshman, Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and first-Team All-Big 12 selection.
Stearns grabbed a leading team four interceptions (tying the school record for internships by a freshman), along with a total of 62 battles, three loss battles, one sack, four misses and one blocked shot in his debut. The expectations for Stearns to focus on 2019 were that he will continue to climb to the ceiling, which will one day make him enter the beginning of the NFL draft, but the unpleasant knee injury limited him to only nine games.
Stearns posted 58 games, four loss games, a sack and a breakthrough in his second season. Although his second-tier campaign did not go as planned, Stearns enjoyed a resurgent performance in the Alamo Bowl with eight fights (six solo) in a 38-10 victory over Utah.