WDM Valley's Sandvig Has Speed to Burn

Zac Sandvig of West Des Moines (Valley) turned some heads over the last several weeks. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back lit up the turf at a recent Nike Camp that took place on the campus of Kansas State by recording a time of 4.40 seconds in the forty-yard dash. Sandvig made a recent trip to Iowa City and took part in Iowa's padded camp and worked out on the defensive side of the ball for the first time in his career, as that is the position where most schools are projecting him.

Zac Sandvig of West Des Moines (Valley HS) has turned some heads during the course of the last several weeks.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back lit up the turf at a recent Nike Camp that took place on the campus of Kansas State by recording a time of 4.40 seconds in the forty-yard dash.

Sandvig made a recent trip to Iowa City and took part in Iowa's padded camp and worked out on the defensive side of the ball for the first time in his career, as that is the position where most schools are projecting him.

HawkeyeNation.com spoke with Sandvig as he made his way back from Iowa City on Tuesday.

"I was there for three days, Sunday, Monday and today. Today was the last day of padded work, and there are some seven on seven sessions on Wednesday, and everyone leaves tomorrow at noon."

"Overall, I was pretty happy with my testing results. I felt that I did pretty well given that I was playing defense for the first time."

NEW TERRITORY:

"Two times during the day, we had two-hour padded sessions, and I worked mainly with the defensive backs. That was my first time playing defense, and everything was real new. I was trying to soak everything in that the coaches were teaching me. I felt like the first day that I was rusty, and it was weird playing defense. But I learned quickly and it felt normal to me by today; or more natural. I worked with (Iowa defensive backs coach) Phil Parker on Monday and worked personally with him. I really liked him. I did not get to talk with him as much as I would.

PASSING THE TESTS

"We were tested on Sunday and I ran a 4.46 forty, a 4.08 pro agility and then I had a 9-8 standing broad jump.

"We ran on their practice field turf, which is a pretty slow track from what I have been told. Everyone was timed twice in the 40, and I ran a 4.50 and a 4.47, and Coach (Reese) Morgan heard what I ran and he wanted to see it for himself. So he asked if I would run again and I ran a 4.46 with him watching, so I was pretty happy about that. I ran a 4.40 flat when I camped at Kansas State's Nike camp.

CHANGING POSITIONS

"Iowa told me that they are looking at me as a defensive back. I have not talked to Iowa State yet, so I do not know what they are looking at me for; I will learn that at their camp, but it will probably be defensive back.

"I am going up to Wisconsin on June 26th & 27th, and they are recruiting me as a wide receiver and defensive back. But I think defensive back will be my future in college football. UNI and South Dakota State are also interested in me, but I don't have any offers yet. I really like all of the schools. Iowa is real high on my list, but I also like Iowa State and Wisconsin, too. My ultimate goal is to go to Division I somewhere.

FOCUSED ON THE SEASON

"I talked with Reese Morgan today when I left, and he said they are low on scholarships this year, that they will be offering somewhere in the teens this year, and he said they would be offering a lot of their scholarships late and wait and see a lot of senior film, so he said for me to hang in there and focus on having a great senior season of football and just to keep Iowa in mind. I will definitely do that."

SANDVIG FILE

- Ran 10.88 in the 100-meters on 4/19/05 in a track meet in Waterloo.
- 197 carries for 1,616 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2004 playing for 4A Runner Up West Des Moines Valley. Prior to the state title game, he and Jerrod Gaskill each had 178 carries, splitting the running duties.
- 2005 Drake Relays titles in 4x100, 4x200 & 4x400.
- 2005 4A State title in 4x400, 3rd in 4x100 & 4x200


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