2. Caden Sterns sets the game high for interceptions
The defensive backfield for Texas football had an up and down regular season. It would be nice to see that level of the defense end the 2018 campaign on a high-note against such an efficient Georgia passing game. Sterns hasn’t faced an offense as balanced or overpowering as Georgia yet. Georgia’s offense doesn’t measure up to that of Oklahoma all-around, though.
When it called for a big response at times this season, the Texas secondary was actually able to rise to the occasion. At other times, it didn’t matter what adjustments the defense made, the opposing passing games were going to exploit them. The three-game stretch against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, West Virginia Mountaineers, and Oklahoma State Cowboys gave the Texas secondary its lowest point of the 2018 campaign.
Someone that could step up and lead the Texas secondary is the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and true freshman safety Caden Sterns. So far this season, Sterns leads the team in interceptions. It has been a while since Sterns nabbed any interceptions since most of his four came in the first half of the regular season.
This is fantastic shot for Sterns to claim his first pick in more than six games. The national stage of the Sugar Bowl gives him quite the audience to impress before the USA Today Freshmen All-American tries to make himself known as a First-Team AP All-American next season. This secondary is hard to prepare for since it’s hard to know what to expect from them. Sterns could take advantage of that against Georgia.