CoachSpeak: Kinnan on Sandberg

Cord Sandberg helped lead Manatee High to a state championship in 2011. After losing two of their first three, the Hurricanes won twelve games in a row including a 40-0 shelling over First Coast in the state title game. Head coach Joe Kinnan calls it all a team effort, but the veteran coach is never short of words when talking about his talented signal caller.

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"Cord is a great leader," said Kinnan. "He is a very intelligent player.

"He is a coach's son, so he understands a lot.

"He is a 4.0 student with a weighted GPA.

"He is very accurate with his passes. He has completed over 75% of his passes for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns since he's been here."

Sandberg is a threat with his feet as well as his arm. The talented lefty plays in an offense that allows him to create some opportunities for himself as well as his teammates.

"We mix it up some," said Kinnan of play selection. "We just sort of take what they give us.

"If they play back, we have no problem taking that underneath stuff and let our guys run with it.

"If they play up, we can go over the top.

"The first touchdown that Cord threw in the state championship was a 40 yard pass on a deep post pattern.

"He is a great runner too, so we do a little bit of everything with him."

While Sandberg comes from good athletic stock, Kinnan reports that his talented signal caller comes to work everyday.

"Cord has a great work ethic," said Kinnan. "He is always working hard to get better at something.

"He lives just down the street from the school, so he's around here a lot.

"He was the ball boy for us when he was younger."

Sandberg is a two sport star who has the chance to excel in both football and baseball.

"He has the chance to get drafted pretty high in baseball, so that's something that will be interesting to watch," said Kinnan.

"His dad, (Chuck Sandberg) was an All-American baseball player at Florida.

"He got drafted and then eventually got hurt and never made it to the bigs.

"I know he's already told Cord what it's like to be in the minors and everything that goes a long with that.

"You just never know what is going to happen if they put two million dollars in front of him.

"I do know that one way or the other, he is going to have to give up one sport. We'll just to see how all of that unfolds."

Sandberg, who grew up cheering for the Gators of Florida, was already familiar with Coach Dan Mullen and his resume of great quarterbacks including Gator great Tim Tewbow.

"Cord has a great rapport with Coach Mullen," said Kinnan. "They really did a nice job with Cord and building a relationship with him.

"I know that Cord really likes Coach Mullen a lot.

"They run an offense that is similar to what we do and they made Cord feel like it was the right fit.

"We're all real proud of him."

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