2002 (through regular season): Playing opposite Lynaris Elpheage at right corner, is a big reason Tulane ranks 10th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. Intercepted a personal single season high three passes in 2002, including one in each of Tulane's last two games. Played one of his top games of the year versus Southern Miss (11/23) with five tackles, the interception, a fumble recovery and three pass break-ups. Broke up 12 passes on the year to rank second on the team. Sixth on the single season chart in PBUs. Collected 58 tackles, 40 solo, on the season with one tackle for loss, versus TCU (11/9). Had seven solo stops in the TCU game and made a career high 11 tackles, eight solo, with three pass break ups versus Cincinnati (10/12). Also had three PBUs and an interception against Memphis (9/21). Returned 15 kickoffs for 332 yards, a 22.1-yard average. Had a season-long 54-yard kickoff return against UL-Monroe (10/5) and added 42-yarder versus UAB (10/19) and Memphis. Career numbers include 131 tackles, 94 solo, 26 passes knocked down and seven interceptions.
2001: Finished eighth on the team with 58 tackles (43 solo) while starting all 12 games at right cornerback. Ranked third on the team with eight pass break-ups. Recorded a career-best 10 tackles (seven solo) and a fumble recovery against nationally-ranked LSU (9/1). Picked off a pass against UAB (10/20) and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown to pull TU within seven at the half. Added another interception against Army (10/27) to go with three pass deflections. Tallied six tackles on three different occasions, against BYU (8/25), UCF (9/22) and Southern (9/29). Also returned 12 kickoffs, including a season-best 48-yard return against Southern (9/29). Added a 25-yard return against Cincinnati (10/6).
2000: Missed five games due to injury and saw very limited action in the season finale against Memphis (11/18) for the same reason. Logged 26 carries for 73 yards and made seven catches for 28 yards in the first five contests of the year. Had a season-best four catches for 19 yards against UL-Lafayette (10/7) before spraining his ankle. Had 10 carries for 26 yards in the East Carolina contest (9/16). Broke a career-long run of 17 yards against Ole Miss (9/2). Began the season as the Wave's starting tailback, but moved back to defense at the end of the season.
1999: Participated in all 11 games, including five starts. Was an all-purpose player, contributing on offense, defense, and special teams. Ran the ball 18 times, caught two passes (for 18 yards), returned four kicks and three punts. Had 14 tackles, 11 of them solos, and two interceptions. Ranked second on the squad in interceptions and fourth in passes broken up.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1999 graduate of Archbishop Hannan High School in Meraux, La. A four-time all-state and all-metro running back. Rushed for 1,432 yards as a senior. Member of the Times-Picayune Top 20 Blue Chip list. Had 1,687 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing as a junior. Named to Bill Buchhalter's Southeast Super 27 as a kick returner. Outstanding sprinter on the Hannan track team. Coached by Richard Walker.
PERSONAL: Jeffrey Sanchez, Jr. Born January 21, 1981 in New Orleans. The son of Rebecca Sanchez. Majoring in organizational information technology.
Sanchez's Career Defensive Stats