At 5-foot-11, Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez knows he’s on the smaller side for cornerbacks, especially with the direction the Sooners have gone in recruiting recently.
“I don’t care how tall I am, I’m going to make plays regardless,” Sanchez said. “But yeah the bigger corners are starting to be more of a fad but if you can play you play. It doesn’t matter how big you are honestly.”
Sanchez has been challenged in practice recently, going head-to-head with a taller Oklahoma receiving corps, including 6-foot-6 Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham’s appeal for immediate eligibility was recently denied by the NCAA, and Oklahoma isn’t likely to appeal, meaning he’ll have to sit this season.
“It’s tough,” Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “When you have to cover someone like Green-Beckham, that’s a tough matchup for anybody. You better be a big physical guy to match up with that.”
GARNETT IMPRESSES TAPPER
Defensive end Charles Tapper has liked what he’s seen so far from freshman defensive tackle Courtney Garnett.
“He’s built like Chuka (Ndulue) but he’s a little bit quicker than Chuka,” Tapper said. “Chuka won’t like that though. He’s quicker than Chuka.”
On cue from a few feet away, Ndulue disagreed.
“Yes, he is,” Tapper continued. “I told you Chuka wouldn’t like that.”
Tapper also spoke highly of freshman defensive end Dwayne Orso.
“He’s just like me,” Tapper said. “He came in here raw and hasn’t lifted a weight.”
After playing sparingly as a freshman as he bulked up, Tapper broke out last year to become one of the stars on the defensive line.
HOLTZ WILL CALL BULLDOGS’ OFFENSE
Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz will be calling the plays for the Bulldogs this season, starting with Saturday’s game in Norman.
Last year, Tech had the 94th-ranked offense in the country.
“My background is on the offensive side of the ball, and where I can most help this football team right now is taking over a little bit more of the big-picture offensive scheme things and letting Tony (Petersen, the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator) really climb in to those quarterbacks because he’s got a full-time job trying to get four guys ready to play,” Holtz told the Monroe (La.) News Star on Saturday.
Holtz will announce is starting quarterback — either Cody Sokol or Ryan Higgins — on Monday.