Young CB Sanchez a leader for Sooners

Cornerback Zack Sanchez entered last season as an unknown on Oklahoma's defense as the Sooners rebuilt following a disastrous end to the 2012 season.

He earned a starting spot and steadily improved, capping the 2013 season with a star turn in a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Only a sophomore, Sanchez now is considered a leader of a defense touted by some as one of the nation's best.

That's a major jump in the span of 12 months but Sanchez has shown the relaxed poise of a veteran during the opening days of practice for the this season, which will begin Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech.

Sanchez says he relishes the chance to be a team leader and that he wants to maximize every opportunity that he can.

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