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July 27, 2004Heading in to the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback camp, we knew Mission Viejo (Calif.) quarterback Mark Sanchez would be one of the top performers during the week. He was that and then some and was the unanimous choice by the staff of Student Sports and the camp's college counselors as the MVP of the camp.
Andy Bark, president of Student Sports and founder of the event, had this to say about Sanchez:
"In the six years of doing this camp, I think he's the most impressive quarterback and best college prospect we've ever had," Student Sports President Andy Bark said. "We've had some great guys who have taken home MVP honors of the camp, guys like Brodie Croyle, Brock Berlin, Kyle Wright and Ben Olson and all those guys were very good quarterbacks. I would put Sanchez over all of them.
"In four workouts, I've seen him throw one bad ball. He's top three or higher in just about every category you can think of, he's the sharpest in the classroom, he has a great work ethic and is an unbelievable kid, a natural leader. I don't ever like to overhype a player, but in USC's system with his ability, Mark should do some great things in college."
Along with taking home Camp MVP honors, Sanchez also won best in the chalk talks and best fit for any college system. One of the counselors said Sanchez could have won several other awards but they wanted to spread the love around a little.
Here's the final evaluation of Sanchez by the staff of Student Sports following the camp:
There's not much more we can say about Sanchez. Simply put, he had one incredible week. He was a unanimous choice by all six college counselors as the MVP in the camp and was also chosen the top gun by every high school quarterback as well. Only an injury can prevent Sanchez from becoming a future All-American at USC. He's so well rounded at the position that a few of the other signal callers were almost speechless trying to describe him.
Sanchez has a great arm and off the charts accuracy. He threw the best touch pass in the group and although he's never going to be a 4.5-40 guy, Sanchez moves very well in the pocket and the depth he gets on his drops is incredible. Combine that with a great work habits, a personality that is second to none and a college level ability right now on the chalk board, and it's easy to see why everyone loved the future Trojan so much.