Q&A: Preseason Star Brad Sorensen

Brad Sorensen has been one of the surprising stars of San Diego's preseason. He has completed 15 of 24 passes for 210 yards, including touchdown tosses to Ladarius Green and Mike Willie. He talks about his progress and his entire training camp experience in this one-on-one with SDBoltReport.com.

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The Chargers used their final pick in the NFL Draft on Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen. While not a big-name prospect like Geno Smith or Matt Barkley, Sorensen boasts a skill-set that made Tom Telesco believe in him.

Physically, Sorensen looks a lot like Philip Rivers -- both are 6-foot-5, 230 lbs. With the right molding, Sorensen become Philip Rivers 2.0. He will get to sit and watch the four-time Pro Bowler for a couple years, just like Rivers did under Drew Brees.

The only concern? Sorensen enters the NFL at the not-so-ripe age of 25. The Browns took a similar risk last season, drafting 28-year-old Brandon Weeden.

But for Sorensen, he doesn't see his age as an issue. He talks about San Diego's quarterback corps, his personal development and more in this final training camp one-on-one.

Brian Ducoffe: Being the final draft pick for the Chargers, was that a sigh of relief or instant motivation?

Brad Sorensen: Sigh of relief. I wasn't sure what was going to happen in the draft. I was hoping it would work out with the Chargers -- that would have been the ideal situation. I was just grateful I got the phone call and excited I got the opportunity.

BD: You played on the same high school team as Shareece Wright. How has it been going against your former teammate?

BS: He helped a lot even while I was still in college. He'd give me a call and give me motivation. He would say, "Hey, when you get here make sure you think about this," or "Make sure you're doing this in college to prepare yourself for the NFL." So he's been very helpful.

BD: You'll be a 25-year-old rookie. That makes you only three years younger than Joe Flacco. Do you see this as an advantage or disadvantage?

BS: Absolutely [an advantage]. I feel like I have three more years of experience than other people. I've learned a lot of stuff off the field and I think it carries over with some of the study habits in the way I approach the game. I think it plays to my advantage.

BD: At 6-foot-5, 230 lbs., you're almost identical in build to Philip Rivers. How would you compare yourself to him?

BS: I don't think I'm anywhere near the level he is right now. But, obviously, he plays the game at a very high level. I try to learn all that I can. I try to model the way I drop or the way I see things, but I try to learn all that I can from him. Even Charlie [Whitehurst], they're good guys to learn from.

BD: You come to the Chargers just as they bring in a new front office and coaching staff. Is there still a new-car smell in practice? Does the system feel brand new?

BS: Things are great. It definitely feels well oiled. They meshed several systems together with what all the coaches were doing and it's come together nicely. I think the offense is rolling and I'm excited.

BD: What's it been like working with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt?

BS: He's awesome. Any time you've got a guy that's won the Super Bowl and been there even a few other times, you can learn a lot from him. He's a successful offensive coach and knows what he's doing. He's coached great quarterbacks. All the guys in those quarterback meeting rooms can learn a lot just from listening to him.

BD: The Chargers cut fellow rookie Mike Hermann, who also went to a smaller university. What's it like to see someone from your position get cut already?

BS: It was tough when he left. We were roommates and spent all day together. We became good friends and it was tough to see him go, but it makes you refocus. You know you could be the next guy, so you have to focus and go out there and take care of business.

BD: The quarterback is supposed to be a leader. What's it been like trying to be a leader as a rookie?

BS: It's different. I try to learn from the guys on the field who do a great job leading the offense. Just the guys that I'm with, guys that I'm in the huddle with, I try to make sure I take advantage of those opportunities to try and get those guys going. I'm just trying to learn from the guys in front of me and seeing how they lead.

BD: Who has been your go-to receiver so far in camp?

BS: I don't know if I can single anybody out. There's a ton of guys and that's what's amazing about the NFL. Everybody plays at such a high level. You can throw the ball to anyone on the team and they're going to go up and make plays for you. They're all playing really well ... I can't pick just one.



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Brian Ducoffe is in his third year of covering San Diego sports. He has been published on Fox Sports San Diego and University Link Magazine. Follow Brian on twitter @brianducoffe.


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