Junior QB Says He Really Likes Auburn

One of the top young quarterbacks in Florida talks about his development and his interest in Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Bradenton, Fla.--After being bumped up to the varsity late in his freshman year during the 2009 season, quarterback Cord Sandberg gave a preview of coming attractions on what he could do to help the Manatee High football team.

Last season, as a sophomore, the left-hander took over the starting job on one of the top high school football teams in Florida and threw for just under 2,900 yards and 25 touchdowns while adding more than 500 yards on the ground.

Preparing for the 2011 season as a junior, Sandberg made a return trip to attend a camp at Auburn where he performed well last year. The quarterback, who already has a scholarship offer from the 2010 national champions, was impressive again in a camp setting.

Sandberg received plenty of attention from the Auburn staff and got to talk with head coach Gene Chizik as well as Gus Malzahn, the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Tigers.

"Auburn is at the top of my list," Sandberg says. "I love the overall atmosphere and the coaching staff."

The prospect notes that he is particularly interested in Malzahn's offense, which led the SEC last year. "From what I have seen it is awesome," he says. "I hope I can be a part of it."

Sandberg is shown as a sophomore at Manatee.

Last summer when he camped at Auburn, Sandberg checked in at 6-1, 185 pounds. He is up to 6-2, 200 this summer. "I have gotten bigger, stronger and faster," he says.

Despite having to throw passes in the rain at the one-day Auburn camp, Sandberg stood out with his performance. "I felt pretty good about what we did," he says. "It was a little wet out there, but that is going to happen. It is part of the game. For the conditions I thought I?threw the ball pretty well."

The quarterback plans to return to Auburn this fall on an unofficial visit to check out a football game. He might even get a chance to watch his former Manatee High teammate, Mike Blakely, who enrolled at Auburn this summer after originally attending the University of Florida in January. Blakely is awaiting word on whether he will be eligible to play this season.

"It was awesome being my first year (as a starter) to have Mike Blakely in the backfield with me," says Sandberg, who predicts the running back will be a good fit for Auburn's offense. "Expect some good things," he says. "He is really a good athlete. He can catch, he can throw, he can really do it all."

In addition to the challenge of playing Florida high school football, Sandberg and Manatee will take on a pair of out-of-state powerhouses this year with games scheduled vs. Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey and Good Counsel out of Maryland. We are going to have some good competition," he says.

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