This past weekend, Zack Sanchez suffered an injury while defending a pass forcing the medical staff to cart the talent cornerback off the field. Arguably the Oklahoma Sooners most talent player in secondary, Sanchez returned to the sideline minutes later in an air cast. While fans feared the worst, news surfaced that the junior experienced a sprain rather than a break. Translated...Sanchez should return to action soon, however, it won't be against the Kansas Jayhawks.
Stoops says Sanchez is out for Kansas. Hopes to have him back for Iowa State. #Sooners
— John Shinn (@john_shinn) October 26, 2015
On the season, Sanchez has recorded 28 tackles including 2.5 for loss. But, Oklahoma will certainly miss his ability to break up the pass moving forward. Currently, Sanchez leads the team with four pass break ups and leaves some lofty shoes to fill.
Fortunately, the Sooners seem to have capable replacements who will receive first team reps throughout the week. True freshman P.J. Mbanasor started two games in the absence of Jordan Thomas. Dakota Austin stepped in against the Texas Tech Red Raiders making several impressive open field tackles. Yet, Austin's most memorable play was undoubtedly the interception in the endzone with seconds left in the first half. The effort effectively put a halt to what should have resulted in a Red Raiders' scoring drive.
Hopefully Sanchez, a Preaseason All-Conference First Team selection, returns sooner rather than later.