Sanchez earns Big 12 honor

OU cornerback had his best game of the season against Texas and was recognized by the conference as the Defensive Player of the Week.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is never one to call out players. And he didn’t really do that after OU’s loss to TCU, but he did say cornerbacks Zack Sanchez and Julian Wilson didn’t have good outings.

Sanchez knew it, agreed and said he would do better. He did against Texas as Sanchez played his best game of the year and was named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday morning.

The sophomore from Keller, Texas, came up with a huge 43-yard interception return for a touchdown in OU’s 31-26 win against the Longhorns. But it was much more than that. He finished the game with eight tackles and three pass breakups.

"He’s got a ton of interceptions," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday. "He got another pick-six this week that was a big factor in the game. No, he had an excellent game the other day.”

After being victimized against the Horned Frogs, Sanchez responded in the best way possible in all ways possible. Criticized for his tackling technique throughout most of this season, he didn’t miss a tackle.

Part of that could be attributed to the fact his shoulder, which he injured Sept. 6 at Tulsa, is now 100 percent healthy.

Sanchez has five interceptions this season and has also returned a blocked extra point for a two-point conversion.

It is the first time OU has won a Big 12 weekly honor since Alex Ross (special teams) and Samaje Perine (offense) did so after the Sooners win at West Virginia.

No. 11 OU hosts No. 14 Kansas State at 11 a.m. CST Saturday on ESPN.

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