OU report card: Cornerback

OU cornerback Zack Sanchez

The grades continue at Sooners Illustrated. This time looking at cornerback.

With the Oklahoma football season in the books, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at each position group to see how they fared in 2013.

Cornerback

Heading into the season, everybody knew about Aaron Colvin and how Colvin Island was going to lock down one half of the field. The other, however, was a huge question mark. Not anymore as redshirt freshman Zack Sanchez earned his stripes this season.

Colvin wasn’t who he could have been because of various injuries, but he still came up with big plays on the field and irreplaceable leadership off the field. On the field, it was baptism by fire for Sanchez all season.

He suffered a few hiccups and his penchant for getting beat on double moves will have to be addressed, but not a bad way to start his OU career.

Sanchez was far and away the team leader with 14 pass breakups and also had two interceptions in the final three games, including a huge one against Alabama.

Sanchez will be asked to be the guy next season, while the other spot is open to Dakota Austin, Stanvon Taylor or Cortez Johnson at this point. No clear favorite and certainly something to watch heading into the spring.

Not really a cornerback but nickelback Julian Wilson also came up with huge moments and had three interceptions this season.

Best moment: A lot of quality choices here but going to go with Bedlam against Oklahoma State. Clint Chelf was incredible against Baylor but couldn’t get a rhythm going against the Sooners. Wilson had an interception, and it was another gutty effort by Colvin.

Worst moment: The OU secondary made Davis Webb look like an all-American in the Sooners’ win against Texas Tech. He threw for 388 yards and three touchdowns as OU was very fortunate to walk away with the victory.

Sooners Illustrated grade: B+.

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