Season OU 11: No. 10 CB Zack Sanchez

Sooners' top DB has been one of the top corners in the Big 12

For the next 10 days Sooners Illustrated will count down the top 11 players of the season for Oklahoma as voted by Bob Przybylo and Justin Hite during the season.

No. 10 cornerback Zack Sanchez

This year has been filled with questions surrounding Sanchez.

Why in the world did he dye his hair? Can he make a tackle? Will his interception streak ever end? Will another interception streak ever start?

One answer is for sure: Sanchez can make plays as a shutdown corner.

Sanchez, who made the OU 11 the fewest of any player in the top 11 (five times), had great highs and lows – as reflected in his OU 11 ranking.

He missed plenty of tackles but made plenty of interceptions. He had five straight games with an interception and in seven of nine games at one point dating back to the end of last season. But he went six games without a pick before Bedlam. “It’s been way too long,” said Sanchez, who has been visibly frustrated at times this season, before Oklahoma’s loss to Oklahoma State. “I feel like it’s been last year since I got a pick.”

His interception against the Cowboys should have sealed Oklahoma’s ninth victory of the season.

Sanchez’s play on the field has had its highlights, but he routinely has taken responsibility for teaching the younger players in the secondary the importance of consistency – even though he’s in just his second full season of action.

“I've got to do a better job of getting the younger guys ready to play, especially the ones that are coming in and the guys that are here because we've definitely got to be better,” Sanchez said after the loss to Oklahoma State. “I'll take every blame for that, not having those guys prepared. I've got to do a better job of being a leader.

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