Sanchez is a fourth year Junior who redshirted his first year (2005) at USC. He appeared in six games, completing three out of seven passes for 63 yards and one INT. In 2007, Sanchez was the primary backup for John David Booty. He started three games in place of the injured Booty, completing 14-69 passes for 695 yards (60.5%) with 7 TDs and 5 INTs. Sanchez was named the Trojans' full time QB in the spring of 2008. He sustained a knee injury prior to USC's season opening game against Virginia. Nevertheless, Sanchez was able to make his first start of 2008 against the overwhelmed Cavaliers. He had an outstanding 2008 campaign, passing for 34 TDs with only 10 INTs. Sanchez had an outstanding performance against the vaunted Penn State defense in the 2009 Rose Bowl. He was voted Offensive Most Valuable Player after his 413 yards (28-35) and 4 TDs performance. He also ran for another score. Big (6-3) and blessed with a powerful right arm, Sanchez looks like the second coming of former Trojans great Carson Palmer. At times during the season he looked to be "a man playing against boys". Sanchez also possesses good mobility and is deceivingly fast (4.74). Physically, he has everything NFL teams covet in a QB prospect. He is still assimilating to the progression process and he could use more experience, but he is ready for the NFL now. Sanchez is a sure first rounder (could go as high as one overall now that he has declared). During the later part of the season there were indications he was ready to declare. Factors such as the renewal discussion around the NFL of a rookie salary cap pushed Sanchez into the 2009 Draft pool. Plus, he remembers the experience of Matt Leinart just a few years ago.