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Oklahoma football notebook: Height not a problem for Zack Sanchez

by Ryan Aber Published: August 24, 2014

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.”


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.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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