Sanchez Named Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Week

Monday, October 19th 2015, 1:07 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season.

Sanchez was instrumental in the Sooners' 55-0 shutout at Kansas State on Saturday, registering a pair of interceptions and returning the second one 38 yards for a touchdown on the Wildcats' opening possession of the second half to put OU up 42-0. It was the junior's third career pick-six, tying the OU record.

Sanchez helped the Sooners' defense hold Kansas State to just 110 yards of total offense, the third fewest of the 17-year Bob Stoops era in road games. K-State completed just five passes on 22 attempts for 45 yards and threw three interceptions. KSU's 45 passing yards were the 11th fewest OU has given up in the Stoops era.

Sanchez, who was also named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 14 following OU's 31-24 double-overtime win at Tennessee, is the eighth Sooner to earn the honor at least two times in one season. The last to do it was Travis Lewis in 2008.

This marks the third time in his career that Sanchez has been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, tying him with Reggie Smith for the second most honors in OU history (Rocky Calmus won it four times). Sanchez picked up his first such honor last year for his performance in OU's win over Texas.

The Sooners enter Saturday's home game against Texas Tech ranked No. 9 nationally in passing defense (152.2 yards per game) and No. 23 in total defense (321.7 yards per game).

Kickoff for OU-Texas Tech is set for 2:30 p.m. CT.