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Sophomore Slump: What's gone wrong for 2018's star freshmen?

 

Caden Sterns, S, Texas

Sterns was, perhaps, the best defensive freshman in college football a season ago. The five-star safety finished with 62 tackles and four interceptions. Expectations were high entering his sophomore season, which hasn’t really had a chance to get going after he suffered an ankle injury in fall camp.

The sophomore safety, who plays across from All-Big 12 selection Brandon Jones, struggled early in the year along with most of the Longhorn secondary. Sterns’ tackle numbers (29) look great, but that’s partially because people are getting to the second level against the Longhorns.

Sterns played much better against Oklahoma State, but … he suffered an injury that will keep him out for four weeks, according to Texas head coach Tom Herman.

“An ankle injury in the preseason seemed to impact Sterns more than what was probably portrayed publicly,” Horns247’s Senior Writer Jeff Howe said. “Whether that was the case or not, Sterns didn’t play to his 2018 form, especially in a loss to LSU where he was put in some tough spots from a coverage standpoint. The worst part about the start to Sterns’ season is he played much better in a win over Oklahoma State (12 tackles, one tackle for loss) and was starting to look like himself before suffering a knee injury late in the game that could keep him out for up to a month. When healthy, Sterns has proven himself as one of the best safeties in the country. But he hasn’t been the same since a knee injury in the first half of a Big 12 championship game loss to Oklahoma ended his outstanding true freshman campaign.”

https://247sports.com/Article/Sophomore-Slump-Trevor-Lawrence-Adrian-Martinez-Caden-Sterns-Jaylen-Waddle-Justyn-Ross-136359453/

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