Mark Sanchez

ESPNDB Research | Created: Friday, March 13, 2009 | Updated: January 25, 12:26 PM ET
TeamPhiladelphia Eagles
Birth DateNovember 11, 1986 (age 29)
HometownMission Viejo, CA
Weight225 lbs.
College CoachPete Carroll
High SchoolMission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA, USA
DraftedNYJ, 1st Round, 5th Overall
Mark Sanchez is a quarterback for the New York Jets. After leading USC to its fourth straight Rose Bowl appearance, Sanchez chose to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2009 NFL Draft. Sanchez is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighs 225 pounds.
Prep Career
Sanchez spent his first two years of high school at Santa Margarita High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. He moved to Mission Viejo High School in 2003 and led the team to a 13-1 record. He completed 161-of-211 passes (76.3%) for 2,460 yards with 29 TDs and seven interceptions. As a senior, Sanchez was 151-of-245 (61.6%) for 2,441 yards with 24 TDs, despite sitting out eight halves due to blowouts. Mission Viejo High School went 14-0 and finished third in the USA Today Super 25 Football Rankings. Sanchez was the Parade Player of the Year and a consensus first team All-America. After considering Notre Dame, Texas, Florida and Ohio State, Sanchez signed with USC.
College Career
With Matt Leinart entrenched as the starter, Mark Sanchez redshirted the 2005 season. He was involved in an off-field incident during the spring, when a female USC student accused him of sexual assault. He was placed on interim suspension from the football team, but was reinstated when the case was dropped in June. He made his college football debut later that season, backing up John David Booty. He appeared in six games, completing 3-of-7 passes as USC went 11-2 and won the Rose Bowl. Sanchez saw more action in 2007, thanks to an injury to Booty. He made three starts, beating Arizona and Notre Dame before losing to Oregon. Against Arizona he threw for 130 yards, a TD and two interceptions. The next week against Notre Dame he threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns. He had 277 yards passing and two touchdowns against Oregon, but also threw a pair of interceptions in the loss. He finished the season with 695 passing yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Sanchez beat out Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain and redshirt freshman Aaron Corp for the starting job in spring practice in 2008. However, in the first week of fall practice, Sanchez suffered a dislocated kneecap that jeopardized his starting status. He missed three weeks of practice, but returned in time for the regular season opener against Virginia. Sanchez threw for a career-best 338 yards in that game, including three touchdowns. He had at least three TD passes in each of USC's first four games of the season, including a loss to Oregon State. Sanchez capped off his season with an MVP performance against Penn State in the Rose Bowl, throwing for 413 yards and four touchdowns. Sanchez finished the season with 3,207 passing yards and 34 touchdowns, both of which led the Pac-10. He was a first team All-Pac-10 selection and earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated.
NFL Career
Sanchez was drafted in the first round (5th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. New York traded three players and two draft picks to the Cleveland Browns to move up and acquire the pick used to draft Sanchez. Before the 2009 season, Sanchez signed a 5-year/$50M deal with $28 million guaranteed. Sanchez also posed for a photo spread in GQ Magazine. After the first two preseason games, Sanchez was named the Jets starting quarterback for the 2009 regular-season opener at Houston. He became the first rookie QB to start Week 1 for the Jets since their inaugural season in 1960. Sanchez led the Jets to a win over the Texans in his NFL debut, throwing for 272 yards and a touchdown. Sanchez led the Jets to a 3-0 start in 2009, becoming the first rookie quarterback since the AFL-NFL merger to start and win his team's first three games of the season, and earning offensive Rookie of the Month honors for September. However, he threw eight interceptions in the next three games combined, as the Jets fell to 3-3 Sanchez helped stop the Jets losing streak, leading them to a 38-0 win at Oakland. However, during that game, Sanchez was seen eating a hot dog on the sidelines. He eventually apologized for doing so. In Week 13, already nursing a sore left knee, Sanchez suffered a sprained PCL in his right knee in a win against the Bills. The injury forced him to miss the Week 14 game against the Buccaneers. He returned for the final three games of the season, leading the Jets to wins in Weeks 16 and 17 to help New York qualify for its first playoff berth since 2006. In the playoffs, Sanchez led the Jets to upset wins over the Bengals and Chargers, joining Joe Flacco as the only rookie quarterbacks to win two playoff games. However, like Flacco the year before, Sanchez fell short of the Super Bowl, as the Jets lost to the Colts in the 2009 AFC Championship Game.
Sanchez is the son of Nick and Olga Sanchez, who divorced when Mark was four years old. Mark Sanchez has two older brothers, who both played college football. His brother Nick Jr. was a quarterback at Yale and his brother Brandon was an offensive lineman at DePauw. Sanchez's high school football coach, Bob Johnson, is the father of former USC and NFL quarterback Rob Johnson. He was also a private instructor for Carson Palmer, a former Heisman Trophy-winning QB at USC.
Research Notes
Sanchez Surpasses Jamieson
Rookie QB Starting in Week 1
Jets History
Player Dick Jamieson Mark Sanchez
Date Sept. 11, 1960>> Sunday
Comp-Att 9-18 18-31
Pass yds 152 272
TD-Int 1-0 1-1
Result W, 27-3 W, 24-7
>>1st game in franchise history
Sanchez and Ryan Join Exclusive Group
Rookie Head Coach-Rookie QB Debuts in Season Openers
Since Merger (1970)
Team Head Coach QB
'09 Jets<< Rex Ryan Mark Sanchez
'09 Lions Jim Schwartz Matthew Stafford
'08 Falcons<< Mike Smith Matt Ryan
'08 Ravens<< John Harbaugh Joe Flacco
'89 Cowboys Jimmy Johnson Troy Aikman
'82 Colts Frank Kush Mike Pagel
'76 Seahawks Jack Patera Jim Zorn
'73 Colts Howard Schnellenberger Bert Jones
>>Won game
Sanchez Nearly Makes Rookie History
Most Pass Yards, Rookie QB
Week 1, NFL History
Season Yards Player
1998 302 Manning, Peyton
2009 272 Sanchez, Mark<<
1960 232 Flores, Tom
1968 231 Landry, Greg
>>Won game
Extra DBs Don't Faze Sanchez
Much of the reason Mark Sanchez had success on third down was his ability to pick apart the Texans' defense when they brought in extra defensive backs (sub small package). Houston held Sanchez and the Jets' passing game in check in its base 4-3 defense.
Mark Sanchez by Defensive Formation
Week 1 vs Texans
Defense vs 4-3 vs 5+ DB
Comp-Att 8-17 10-14
Yards per att 8.1 9.6
TD-Int 0-1 1-0
Sanchez Good on Third Down
Even in his first NFL start, Mark Sanchez was not rattled even in pressure situations - the Jets' rookie stood tall on third downs, racking up over 70 percent of his passing yards in those situations.
Mark Sanchez
Week 1 vs Texans
Down 3rd Down All Other Downs
Comp-att 12-15 6-16
Pass yards 191 81
TD-Int 1-0 0-1
Passer Rtg 141.0 28.4
Stafford Among Worst for Rookie QB
The Lions' Matthew Stafford had by far the worst outing of any rookie quarterback starting his team's opener since 2002 when the league expanded to 32 teams.
Rookie Quarterbacks
Starting Team's Opener, Since 2002
Player TD-Int Passer Rtg Result
Matthew Stafford 0-3 27.4 L
Mark Sanchez 1-1 84.3 W
Matt Ryan 1-0 137.0 W
Joe Flacco 0-0 63.7 W
Kyle Orton 0-1 52.8 L
Kyle Boller 1-1 57.5 L
David Carr 2-1 78.8 W
What Sanchez Faces in First 5 Games
New York Jets
First 5 Games
Opponent 2008 W-L 2008 Defense Rank
Week 1 at Texans 8-8 22nd
Week 2 vs Patriots 11-5 10th
Week 3 vs Titans 13-3 7th
Week 4 at Saints 8-8 23rd
Week 5 at Dolphins<< 11-5 15th
Sanchez Making Jets History
No Jets rookie started the first game of a season since Dick Jamieson started the first game in franchise history in 1960 when the Jets were known as the New York Titans. The last Jets rookie QB to start a game was Matt Robinson on November 27, 1977 at home against Pittsburgh.
Sanchez Looking to Match Namath
Jets QB Drafted in 1st Round
Year Player Pass Att as Rookie
2009 Mark Sanchez ?
2000 Chad Pennington 5
1983 Ken O'Brien 0
1976 Richard Todd 162
1965 Joe Namath 340
1962 Sandy Stephens 0
Sanchez Joining Rare Group of Rookie Starters
2008 Matt Ryan Falcons W, 34-21
2008 Joe Flacco Ravens W, 17-10
2005 Kyle Orton Bears L, 9-7
2003 Kyle Boller Ravens L, 34-15
2002 David Carr Texans W, 19-10
2001 Chris Weinke Panthers W, 24-13
2001 Quincy Carter Cowboys L, 10-6
>>Mark Sanchez named Jets starter for Week 1
Pac-10 QB Drafted in First Round
It's safe to say Mark Sanchez should be a 1st-round pick on Saturday. If he does, he'll be the 4th USC QB to be drafted in the first round of the common draft era (since 1967). It would tie Cal for the most QB taken in the first round among the current Pac-10 teams.
Most QB Taken in 1st Round Among Current Pac-10 Teams
Common Draft Era (since 1967)
School QB Last one
California 4 '05 Aaron Rodgers
Oregon 3 '02 Joey Harrington
UCLA 3 '99 Cade McNown
USC 3 '06 Matt Leinart
Washington State 3 '98 Ryan Leaf
Stanford 2 '83 John Elway
Arizona State 1 '80 Mark Malone
Most Top-Five Picks
Sanchez could become the 17th USC Trojan selected in the top 5 in the common draft era (note: Texas could also add another top 5 pick this year).
Most Players Selected in Top 5
By College, Common Draft Era
USC 16
Texas 11
Penn State 10
Miami (FL) 9
Alabama 8
Ohio State 8
USC Players Go Early
If you extend the list to top 10, USC is in a class of its own.
Most Players Selected in Top 10
By College, Common Draft Era
USC 30
Penn State 18
Ohio State 17
Miami (FL) 15
Texas 15
Sanchez Good to Top Receivers
Sanchez showed good on-field rapport with two of his top returning targets.
Sanchez Passing in 2007
Intended receiver Turner Hazelton
Comp-Att 14-19 15-19
Yds per comp 12.1 14.8
Sanchez Better in Red Zone
Mark Sanchez doesn't have a great deal of experience, but he showed flashes of ability in his three starts last season, especially in the Red Zone.
Mark Sanchez in 3 Games as USC Starter
Category Outside Red Zone In Red Zone
TD-Int 2-4 5-0
Pass efficiency 113.1 179.4
USC Quarterbacks Through 5 Starts
Mark Sanchez already looks like the next great USC quarterback, following in the footsteps of recent Heisman winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. Through five career games, here is how Sanchez stacks up against the others:
Notable USC Quarterbacks Through 5 Career Starts
Category Palmer Leinart Sanchez
W-L 3-2 4-1 4-1
Pass YPG 240.4 242.6 230.4
TD-Int 4-5 10-7 14-6
Comp pct 60.0 57.8 63.0
Sanchez vs Leinart
Mark Sanchez is quietly having a very impressive first full season as a starter, comparable to Matt Leinart's first season. Here are their stats through their first 13 career starts.
Mark Sanchez vs Matt Leinart
First 13 Career Starts
Category Sanchez Leinart
Seasons 2007-08 2003
W-L 11-2 12-1
Pass YPG 223.1 273.5
TD-Int 33-11 38-9
Comp pct .618 .634
Most Passing Yards in Rose Bowl
Most Passing Yards
Rose Bowl History
Year Player, School Pass Yds
1995 Danny O'Neil, Oregon 456
2009 Mark Sanchez, USC 413
1963 Ron Vander Kelen, Wisconsin 401
2007 John David Booty, USC 391
1996 Brad Otton, USC 391
Sanchez Sets Rose Bowl Record
Highest Comp Pct
Rose Bowl History
Player School Comp Pct
'09 Mark Sanchez USC 80.0<<
'51 Chuck Ortmann MICH 78.9
'86 Chuck Long IOWA 78.4
'06 Vince Young TEX 75.0
'35 Millard Howell ALA 75.0
>>28 for 35
Legendary Rose Bowl Performances
Player Vince Young Mark Sanchez
School/Year Texas '06 USC '09
Pass Yards 267 413
Total Yards 467 429
TD-Int 0-0 4-0
Comp pct 75.0 80.0
Total TD 3 5
Most Pass TD at USC
Player TD Season
Matt Leinart 38 2003
Mark Sanchez 34 2008
Matt Leinart 33 2004
Carson Palmer 33 2002
Sanchez Leads Pac-10
Mark Sanchez, 2008 Season
Category Total Pac-10 Rank
Pass YPG 246.7 1st
Comp pct 65.8 1st
Pass TD 34<< 1st
Pass effic 164.7 1st
<<2nd-most in USC history
Pac-10 Quarterbacks Drafted In First Round
Pac-10 Quarterbacks Selected in 1st Round
Last 15 Years
Year Player School Team
2006 Matt Leinart USC Cardinals
2005 Aaron Rodgers California Packers
2003 Carson Palmer USC Bengals
2003 Kyle Boller California Ravens
2002 Joey Harrington Oregon Lions
1999 Cade McNown UCLA Bears
1999 Akili Smith Oregon Bengals
1998 Ryan Leaf Washington St Charger
Sanchez Good on 3rd-and-Long
Mark Sanchez ranked 8th in the nation and 4th among BCS-conference quarterbacks in completion percentage on 3rd-and-long (7 or more yards).
Highest Completion Percentage on 3rd-and-long
BCS Conference Quarterbacks, 2008 Season
Player School Comp Pct
Colt McCoy Texas 76.0
Daryll Clark Penn State 70.6
Willie Tuitama Arizona 67.7
Mark Sanchez USC 65.8
>>min. 25 attempts
USC's First-Round Quarterbacks
USC Quarterbacks Drafted in 1st Round
Common Draft Era (since 1967)
Year Player Team
2006 Matt Leinart Cardinals
2003 Carson Palmer Bengals
1991 Todd Marinovich Raiders
Most QB Selected in 1st Round Since 2000
Most QB Selected in 1st Round
Since 2000
USC 2 Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer
California 2 Aaron Rodgers, Kyle Boller
Marshall 2 Byron Leftwich, Chad Pennington
Tulane 2 J.P. Losman, Patrick Ramsey
Most QB Drafted Since 2002
Most QB Drafted Since 2002
Ohio State 3
Louisville 3
Michigan 3
Oregon 3
>> 2002: first draft featuring players coached by Pete Carroll
Sanchez Streaking
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez has thrown at least 1 touchdown pass in every game this season.
Sanchez Efficient
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez has been efficient for the Trojans. Since a lackluster performance against Arizona State in mid-October (3 interceptions), Sanchez has completed 64.9 pct of his passes (120-185) with 16 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions in 6 games.
USC QB History Doesn't Bode Well
Four USC QBs have been selected in the last six drafts: John David Booty (2008, 5th round), Matt Leinart (2006, #10 overall), Matt Cassel (2005, 7th round), and Carson Palmer (2003, #1 overall). But no USC player has reached the 20,000-yard mark in the NFL and only one has thrown as many as 100 touchdowns: Most passing yards by USC QBs: Rodney Peete, 16,338; Carson Palmer, 15,630; Bill Nelsen, 14,165; Vince Evans, 9485; Pat Haden, 9296. Most TD passes by USC QBs: Carson Palmer, 107; Bill Nelsen, 98; Rodney Peete, 76; Rudy Bukich, 61; Jim Hardy, 54.
The Elias Sports Bureau | 1/15/2009