“He's a film junkie,” Lynn said. “I think it makes up for his lack of experience. He's expecting stuff. I don't have to tell him, ‘Look for the fade in this,' or ‘Look for the deep ball in this series or grouping.' He knows what's coming and it kind of gives him a little advantage.
“He loves football. It's not just about the attention he gets after playing a good game. He really wants to go out there and play good football. That's what sets him apart from the other young guys. He's all for being a great player for all the right reasons.”
Then there's Chamberlain, who hit .458 last season in helping the Sooners to the Women's College World Series title.
“I think Lauren has really kept him humble and kept him on the right path,” Rudy said. “She's already been through the success of winning the World Series and all the attention and other hoopla. She's done a fabulous job with him.”
She also keeps Zack's competitive blood going when he's not on the football field.
“She's super-competitive,” Zack said. “Like if we drive separate cars and we're going somewhere, we're racing to where we've got to go.”
That competition and her work ethic easily rub off on Zack.
“She approaches it just like the guys in the locker room,” Zack said. “You don't see that much from a female athlete. The way that she trains and the way that she puts in work, we kind of have the same attitude. It helps a lot.”
No matter how well he's playing, though, Sanchez expects teams to keep testing him, at least as long as Colvin's on the other side.
“I'm still a freshman so regardless of how many times I think I've proven myself, they're still going to go out to me especially when 14 (Colvin) is on the other side,” Zack said. “I'm ready for it.”