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      Sharyland Alum Takes Football Talents West On I-10

      UTSA head football coach Larry Coker welcomed 69 student-athletes to campus Wednesday for the first day of fall classes. The group includes new signee Mike Sanchez of Sharyland.It TMs exciting to have all these guys on campus now, Coker said. They TMve been very respectful and done everything we TMve asked them to do since they TMve reported. It TMs an impressive group of young men. We TMre very anxious to start practice in a couple of weeks and actually put on some pads and play football. That TMs what we TMve been waiting to do and it TMs almost here.

      Sanchez (6-2, 285), who has played center and guard during his career, transferred from Houston where he helped the Cougars reach the Armed Forces Bowl for two consecutive seasons. He played under his father, Fred, at Sharyland High from 2004-07 and was a two-time second-team all-state center and he also earned all-district, All-Valley, All-Bay Area and All-South Texas honors for the Rattlers. Also a three-time district champion and a state qualifier in the shot put and discus, Sanchez also will compete for the defending Southland Conference Champion Roadrunners track & field team in the spring.