Monday, November 23, 2015

Zack Sanchez Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Oklahoma junior cornerback Zack Sanchez was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Sanchez intercepted two passes for the second time this year to help No. 7 OU hang on for a 30-29 win over No. 11 TCU. The 5-11, 179-pounder from Fort Worth, Texas, who also recorded four tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup, led a defensive effort that held the Horned Frogs to 390 yards (218 below their season average).

The interceptions for Sanchez were his Big 12-leading fifth and sixth of the season, and upped his career total to 14 (tied for sixth most in OU history). He has five interceptions in his last three games (not including the Oct. 24 Texas Tech contest in which he was injured on the game's first play and did not return).

Sanchez is the first Sooner to record two games with multiple interceptions in a season since Brodney Pool in 2003.

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This marks the fourth time in his career that Sanchez has been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, tying him with linebacker Rocky Calmus (1998-01) for the most honors in OU history. Sanchez picked up his first such honor last year for his performance in OU's win over Texas, and was honored this season after wins against Tennessee and Kansas State. The three honors this year also tie Calmus (2000) for the most by a defensive player in OU single-season history.

The Sooners enter Saturday's regular season finale at Oklahoma State ranked No. 3 nationally in sacks (3.5 per game), No. 6 in interceptions (1.5 per game), No. 10 in pass efficiency defense (106.28), No. 24 in total defense (341.0 yards per game) and No. 25 in scoring defense (20.5 points per game).

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