Against Baylor, Sanchez and the Sooners' secondary will face their stiffest test to date. The Bears lead the nation with averages of 63.9 points and 718.4 yards of offense per game, and quarterback Bryce Petty has tossed 18 touchdown passes and just one interception.
Sanchez remains close friends with several of the Baylor wide receivers — including Tevin Reese, Jay Lee and Corey Coleman — he'll be tasked with covering Thursday.
“It's an hour from my house,” Sanchez said of the Baylor campus. “I'm real close with a lot of the guys on their team. They're basically like brothers to me. It was hard splitting from them. It was like a family.”
Still, after a fantastic senior year of high school — in which he intercepted nine passes — Oklahoma extended a scholarship offer that Sanchez couldn't turn down.
“Finally,” Sanchez said when asked for his reaction to the OU offer. “Y'know? Finally everything is coming. I was excited about it.”
He also had to make a couple really tough phone calls to the Baylor coaches who had recruited him — defensive coordinator Phil Bennett and recruiting coordinator Jim Gush.
“That's one thing my pops told me: ‘You've got to be a man about it and let them know,'” Sanchez said. “I let them know. Obviously they were upset about it, but I felt like it was the best decision for me.”