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My take:
I always liked this kid. He seems to be a little more aggressive than Harper was in that position.




Sanchez emerges as leader
By Marcus Nelson

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thursday, October 07, 2004

BOCA RATON ? Florida Atlantic fullback Aaron Sanchez has found the best recipe for running the ball is to lead the way for the Owls' stable of running backs.

Sanchez, a junior from Miami, has improved so much on his blocking that he is getting more playing time than before.

"I still think I'm a running back, so I know exactly what kind of hole a runner needs to get through," Sanchez said. "I'd like the ball all the time. I'd like to get it more, but whatever helps the team."

Sanchez has proved valuable clearing a path for running back Doug Parker.

"Me and him are on the same page," Sanchez said. "He reads my block well and knows how to follow me and go for the hole."

Parker, who is averaging 99 yards per game, appreciates Sanchez.

"He has a lot to do with my success," Parker said. "He really does a good job opening up the holes for me. Now that we've played together for a while, I kind of know how he's going to block and when he's going to cut. It's good we have that chemistry."

Sanchez' penchant for escorting Parker has, in turn, led to more opportunities for Sanchez to run the ball as well.

"He's the run blocker on 80 percent of the running plays," running backs coach Fred O'Connor said. "He's a dependable football player that can do a little bit of everything."

Sanchez still wants to make the most of his chances.

"Every time I get the ball, the goal is plus-5," Sanchez said. "I'm not touching the ball as much, so I feel that I have to get a plus-5. I just want to show the coaches that they can have confidence in me if they give me the chance."

The 6-foot, 220-pound Sanchez has 37 yards on six attempts for an average of 6.2 yards per carry.

"He's beat out a whole bunch of people and done a real good job" coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "We're very confident in him."

But Sanchez, a former walk-on, may be most valuable for what he won't do when he carries the ball.

"He's a very aggressive runner and we know he's not going to lose yardage," O'Connor said. "We're trying to find ways to get him the ball because we know he'll always gain yardage for us."

Noteworthy: Parker returned to practice despite a sprained toe and went through extra running drills at the end of the workout…. Defensive end Johnnie Sloan is back at full strength after an infection in his knee.


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You know, if this is the same Aaron Sanchez, I grew up with him when I was in elementary school. I used to hang out with him and his brother. He was a couple of years younger than me and i'm 22 now.

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It definitely looks like him, it's just been so long since I last saw him. Him and his brother Michael lived across the street from me and we would always hang out together. But this was in elementary school so it's been a while.

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I'm embasrrassed to say that I talk to his family at the games but don't know their names.. :-[
He have a pretty large and vocal following of fans. His style reminds me a little of Mike Alstott from the Bucs. He can make you miss or run you over.
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I'm embasrrassed to say that I talk to his family at the games but don't know their names.. :-[
He have a pretty large and vocal following of fans. His style reminds me a little of Mike Alstott from the Bucs. He can make you miss or run you over.

I know for sure his brother is Michael, and his mom might by Roxanne or something like that. I forgot his dads name. LoL.

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