NORMAN — As Oklahoma's cornerback opposite Aaron Colvin, redshirt freshman Zack Sanchez always expects quarterbacks to take lots of shots at him.
Sanchez expects it to be worse, though, Thursday night, when the Sooners face Baylor and the nation's No. 1 offense. After all, he was supposed to be a Bear.
“I know it's coming, especially with the history,” Sanchez said. “I've got it in my head that they're probably going to take extra shots at me. But it's something you've got to be prepared for and something I'm excited about.”
Sanchez committed to Baylor the summer before his senior year at Central High (Keller, Texas), and remained a Bears commit until late January 2012, when he switched to the Sooners.
After a redshirt season, Sanchez earned a starting cornerback position on the Oklahoma defense and has — for the most part — played extremely well, especially considering how much he's picked on by opposing quarterbacks who don't want to throw at Colvin.
Sanchez didn't play his best game, though, against Texas Tech on Oct. 26.
The Sooners won 38-30, but Tech receiver Eric Ward burned the redshirt freshman on a pair of mid-third quarter passes — the first for 45 yards, then a 23-yard touchdown three plays later — that helped the Red Raiders regain some momentum.
“I was disappointed in my play,” Sanchez said. “You can't play like that, I understand.
“The freshman thing for me, ‘He's a freshman; he makes mistakes,' that's not something I live by. I hold myself to a higher standard.”
At his Monday news conference, OU coach Bob Stoops praised Sanchez's play this season and said he's impressed with the way he responded to those bad moments against Texas Tech.