He earned first team all-state honors as a linebacker, as well as Narrows conference (Bridge Division) Defensive MVP. "Now I've got to live up to it," Sund told Dawgman.com about the hype that's been generated from his awards. "It's a big accomplishment for me. I made second team all-area. I thought I had an OK year but I never really followed the stats. I just went out there on Friday nights and tried to do my job. I'm more of the quiet type, just get my work done. I do what I'm supposed to do, take care of my responsibilities. I just try to make the tackle."
Andy did a bit of duty offensively, but you can tell after talking to him that his
first love is definitely defense. "Well, I was the second team tight end too, so I
would come in on double-tight sets, like close to the goal-line, stuff like that," he
said. "But linebacker is what I like. You're more free out there. You don't have
to worry about holding calls. You can pretty much do what you want."
Sund runs a 4.9 40, benches 250 pounds and 370 pounds. He acknowledges his
40 time needs work, but feels his strongest asset on the field is how he makes
up for his apparent lack of speed. "I think I do a good job of taking good pursuit
angles. My 4.9 40 isn't that fast, so I take good angles to make the play. I
definitely am going to work on getting faster and stronger this summer."
Washington, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and the Washington State
Cougars are the schools that have been contacting Andy lately. He admits to
having a bit of a built-in bias towards the local school. "I went to both the junior
day and the spring game (at Washington)," Sund said. "My family used to have
season tickets for a long time. We've always been Husky fans. I went to a lot of
the big-time games there - Nebraska, Notre Dame...that place gets loud."
The spring game on Saturday afforded Sund an opportuity to see things up
close and personal. "It was great to watch the game on the sidelines, see those
240, 235-pound linebackers with 4.6 speed go after it," he said. "There were some
bit hits and lout pops that day."
But that wasn't all Andy saw. "We took a tour of the campus, got a chance to
check out the indoor facility," he said. "That's a nice place. And of course they
have the field turf, which is nice to play on."
Andy let us in on his summer plans. "I'll be going to our team camp at Eastern
(Washington), the Husky camp and also the team camp at Arizona State from
June 1st through the 5th," he said. The Sun Devils also hold a special place
in Sund's heart. "Well, my grandparents are down there and I've spent a bunch of
time there. And it's always been kind of a dream of mine to play in that stadium
(Sun Devil Stadium)."
Junior Profile - Andy Sund
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