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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Freshman update: DB Zack Sanchez

By Brandon Chatmon

NORMAN, Okla. -- Zack Sanchez doesn’t expect to see the field this season.

But the Oklahoma defensive back hasn’t changed his mental approach in practice.

“He’s putting in the same amount of work,” safety Javon Harris said, “because he knows what’s going to be expected when his name is called.”

Sanchez is redshirting this season for the Sooners and has lined up at various positions in the secondary during his time in Norman. While practicing with the scout team defense against OU's No. 1 offense, he has impressed his teammates. When asked about Sanchez, receiver Justin Brown pointed to one thing that has stood out about the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder.

“His intensity,” said Brown, who battles Sanchez daily in practice. “He brings a lot of intensity and plays real hard, every day, in practice. He has good ball skills and can close [on the ball]."

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops praised Sanchez’s ball skills when the Sooners signed the freshman in February. Those skills and his competitive nature could combine to put Sanchez in position to make an immediate impact in 2013, when the OU secondary should have plenty of opportunities, as Demontre Hurst and Javon Harris will be completing their eligibility this fall.

“Zack is definitely progressing,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “His strong suit is his competitiveness. I definitely see some of me in him when guys catch the ball on him or things don’t go his way. He wants to be great.”