Change of Seasons

Cord Sandberg put together the best football season of his outstanding career this fall. While the Hurricanes of Manatee were unable to win another state title, Sandberg looks back on his senior campiagn with a lot of pride. With his days as a high school signal caller now over, the Sunshine State star is ready to take to the baseball diamond.

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"You know the season didn't end like we wanted it to, but I am real proud of how things went this year," said Sandberg. "We played Miramar on ESPN and I feel like we played pretty well on national TV.

"We beat Miami-Central and they won the state championship.

"We beat Cypress Bay and they made it their state championship game.

"We had a great year and we beat a lot of great teams.

"It was a great senior year."

Sandberg made a lot of progress personally over the course of his senior campiagn and he is especially proud of his standing in one statistical category.

"I am real happy with my touchdown to interception ratio," smiled Sandberg. "I had like 35 touchdowns and just the one interception.

"I know that if I go out there and don't turn the ball over, that we're going to have a much better chance of winning.

"I was real happy with how all of that worked out this year."

Sandberg reports that his commitment to Mississippi State remains solid and that he has not heard much from other programs over the course of the past few months.

"I talk to Mississippi State regularly, at least once a week," said Sandberg. "Sometimes I talk to (Dan) Mullen, Coach (Scott) Sallach, or Coach (Les) Koenning, the quarterbacks coach.

"I talked to them a little more before the playoffs started and right now they can only call once a week.

"I haven't really heard from any other schools lately."

As the dead period rolls on, the Bulldogs are in Sandberg's home state preparing for the Gator Bowl.

"It's pretty cool," said Sandberg of the Bulldogs' New Year's Bowl selection. "If the game was in Tampa, I would probably make a drive up there and take in a practice.

"Jacksonville is about a four hour drive, so I don't think I am going to be able to do that.

"I am looking forward to seeing how they do."

Shortly after the Bulldogs close out the football season, Sandberg will be put through the baseball paces as part of a major league workout.

"I have been invited to a Mets' workout on January 5th," said the talented two sport star. "I am sure there will be other ones, but that is the only one I know of for sure right now.

"I have had some in home visits with some of the area scouts and that's pretty exciting.

"I am excited for baseball season to start now.

"I want to go out and have a good year and then see what all happens."


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