Nov 23, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Zack Sanchez (15) scores a touchdown on an interception against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second half at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Sooners won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

OU Football Player Evaluation: Zack Sanchez

Dec 7, 2013; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Zack Sanchez (15) celebrates after the touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Sanchez, Defensive Back

Stats: 46 total tackles, two interceptions, one touchdown

A redshirt freshman last season, Zack Sanchez was a very serviceable corner opposite Aaron Colvin. He started all 13 games at corner, and helped the secondary become a strength in 2013.

He has a decent pair of hands and has the capability of taking it the other way if you throw in his direction. With his first year on the field, Sanchez had to go up against some good competition, but he handled it about as well as any freshman could.

He had a huge interception in the fourth quarter of the Kansas State game that he returned for six. The Wildcats were threatening to come back, but Sanchez’s pick six ended all hope giving the Sooners a three-score lead.

Sanchez, also, had a big interception in the Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Going in to next year, Sanchez will be OU’s best corner, but it will be interesting to see what opposing teams try against him. He was burned every now and then when teams would line up their best receivers opposite Colvin to avoid the senior.

However, Sanchez was always able to recover, and never let go of his confidence. He’s a talented young defensive back Oklahoma will hopefully have for another two or three seasons.

Sanchez should be poised for a big 2014 season.

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