Young Quarterback Already Showing Promise

Rising sophomore quarterback Cord Sandberg is a name to watch as he takes the reigns for Manatee High this season.

Bradenton, Fla.--It's not often that a spring game signals the beginning of something special in the high school ranks, but that just may prove to be the springboard for Manatee rising sophomore Cord Sandberg.

Taking over as the starting quarterback in 2010, Sandberg had his coming out party in the spring as he completed 21-23 passes with five touchdowns.

With that confidence and the skills of a much older player, Sandberg brought his game to Auburn for a Senior Camp along with talented teammates Mike Blakely and Quenton Bundrage.

Showing he belonged among the best although he's never started a game in high school, Sandberg said he had a great time competing with some of the best players in the South.

"I thought it went really well," Sandberg tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I got a lot of reps and had fun out there. I really liked the overall camp and Auburn. Coach (Gus) Malzahn is a great guy. He knows a lot about the game. He's really friendly in how he talks. He's easy to understand and I felt comfortable around him."

A 6-1, 185 left-hander with an easy motion and a strong arm, Sandberg says the Auburn coaches took notice of him at the camp. He notes that is exciting to know that he's doing something right this early in his career.

"They told me they liked what I did in the camp," Sandberg says. "They said they wanted to keep in touch with me. It's really the first time I've been through that where I've talked to coaches. I liked it. It was pretty exciting. Hopefully I can continue to do well and keep in touch with Auburn."

Playing on the junior varsity last season until being moved up to varsity at the end of the year, Sandberg says he threw and ran for a touchdown in a pair of late season games. That experience as well as the spring game give him some confidence heading into his first year as a starter.

"Things went well in the spring game," he says. "We beat Bayside 48-41. Q had a great game. He caught a few touchdown passes. It went well."

Manatee finished 13-2 in 2009 with a loss to Plant in the state title game.

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