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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Crimson Countdown: CB Zack Sanchez

By Brandon Chatmon

During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 15 Zack Sanchez
Cornerback, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, redshirt freshman

Impact thus far: Sanchez hasn’t made an impact on the program and will have to work hard and improve to be a significant contributor this fall. He redshirted during the 2012 season and got plenty of valuable reps this spring thanks to OU’s lack of depth. This summer and preseason camp will be critical for Sanchez if he hopes to make a difference on OU’s defense as a redshirt freshman.

Expectations for 2013: He could play a special teams role and provide depth at cornerback but will have to hold off incoming freshmen Stanvon Taylor, Dakota Austin and L.J. Moore for playing time on defense.

Best-case scenario in 2013: He emerges as a quality No. 3 cornerback behind Aaron Colvin and Cortez Johnson. If he does, OU will have several talented young cornerbacks on the roster heading into the 2013 season.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Sanchez is passed on the depth chart by all three freshmen and never makes his case to be a contributor on defense. That would likely leave three true freshmen on the depth chart behind Colvin and Johnson.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Sanchez: C. He hasn’t made an impact on Saturdays and hasn’t made any major noise on the practice field either. But he does seem to have some talent and a competitive nature. We’ll know more about him at this point next year.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Sanchez: A. Sanchez went to multiple road games as a true freshman, a sign he was close to playing as a true freshman. Yet redshirting was the best plan for Sanchez and the Sooners. No need to waste a year of eligibility if he wasn’t going to be asked to make a major impact last year or this year.