Oklahoma football notebook: Zach Sanchez says Sooners have 'one of the best defenses in the country'

OU returns all but two starters on that side of the ball, though the two losses — cornerback Aaron Colvin and safety Gabe Lynn — are big ones.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 3, 2014

Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez isn’t backing down from the high expectations of the Sooners’ defense this season.

“After the Sugar Bowl, I think they kind of know where we stand,” Sanchez said. “That was a good preview going into this season.

“I think we’re one of the best defenses in the country, if not the best.”

OU returns all but two starters on that side of the ball, though the two losses — cornerback Aaron Colvin and safety Gabe Lynn — are big ones.

Sanchez heaped praise on linebacker Eric Striker and defensive end Charles Tapper.

“When you have the best pass rusher in the nation in Striker and then Tapper is probably the second-best pass rusher in the nation, it makes your job easier,” Sanchez said. “Knowing you’re not going to have to cover somebody for five or six seconds down the field because those guys are going to get to the quarterback.”

KNIGHT NEEDS TO SLIDE

After leaving several starts last year due to injury, Sooners coaches want quarterback Trevor Knight to be smarter about running the football.

“When he’s out on the perimeter, he needs to understand how to protect his body,” co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “Adding two or three yards to a run that’s picked up the first down and taking the hit isn’t worth him just getting down and avoiding the hit.

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by Ryan Aber
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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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