National spotlight shines on Sanchez for Oberlin exploits
Rafael Sanchez accumulated 332 all-purpose yards in the Lords' 39-30 homecoming football victory over Oberlin College, and that was more than enough for the first-year player to earn both conference and national awards. The 5-10, 185-pound receiver was selected as both the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week and a Football Gazette national Player of the Week.
Against Oberlin, Sanchez caught five passes for 108 yards, including a fifty-five-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He returned three punts for ninety-two yards, including an eighty-two-yard return that was stopped just short of the Oberlin goal line. He rushed for three yards and also returned five kickoffs for 130 yards.
Sanchez's 332 all-purpose yards gave him a total of 578 yards through the Lords' first four games of the season. His average of 144.5 all-purpose yards per game ranks fourth among all players in the conference. His receiving totals now include twenty-two receptions for 320 yards and a touchdown.
Sanchez was one of just thirteen players chosen for the weekly national honor from Football Gazette. His selection as the conference's Player of Week marked the first time a Kenyon student-athlete earned the award since the 2002 season.