NORMAN — Oklahoma linebacker Dominique Alexander and cornerback Zack Sanchez were each named to the 2013 Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team on Monday.
Oklahoma is just one of five programs to have multiple players selected for the squad, while UCLA was the only other team to feature two defensive players.
The 2013 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, Alexander ranked 18th in the conference with 6.2 tackles per game. He was the only freshman to place in the top 50. His 80 tackles placed second on the Sooners, and he added 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, a pass breakup and two forced fumbles.
Sanchez finished the season with 15 passes defended in 13 games, an average of 1.15 per game, which ranked fourth in the Big 12. He also intercepted two passes on the year for 117 yards. He had a 74-yard interception return for a touchdown at Kansas State and a 43-yard interception in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama that set up another touchdown.
The 117 interception return yards were the most by an OU player since Derrick Strait’s 127 yards in 2003. Sanchez also had 46 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in his stat line.
Alexander and Sanchez become the ninth and 10th Sooners to be named to the Freshman All-America Team, which was established in 2001. The last OU player to be placed on the squad was Michael Hunnicutt in 2011.
The only other time that OU had two players named Freshman All-Americans in the same season occurred in 2001 when center Vince Carter and defensive lineman Tommie Harris were each honored.
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