Sanchez takes pride in Hispanic roots

Updated: October 10, 2011, 4:41 PM ET
By Shelley Smith | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

It took a while for Mark Sanchez to get it. He noticed a furtive glance here, a quick peek over a pair of glasses there. Or a smile from one of the workers in the kitchen or a wave from a professor on campus or someone in an SUV crossing Jefferson. As the newest starting quarterback for the USC Trojans, Sanchez knew he was getting recognized; students stopped him all the time. But this was different.

This was attention from people older than him, in different capacities that he hadn't ...

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