When it comes to the latest edition of the ever-growing Manning Passing Academy, there will certainly be no lack of star power converging on Thibodaux, La., next month.
The camp, put on by the quarterbacking Mannings — Archie, Peyton and Eli — will be entering its 19th year this July. According to CoachingSearch.com, among the current FBS quarterbacks expected to be in attendance include Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Baylor’s Bryce Petty and UCLA’s Brett Hundley.
Winston, of course, won the Heisman Trophy in 2013. The names of the other three listed will likely litter every preseason Heisman favorites list.
Also among the 30 or so FBS signal-callers expected to attend include Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, USC’s Cody Kessler and what the website describes as “several SEC quarterbacks” who went unnamed.
The college quarterbacks will serve as camp counselors to the 1,000-plus counterparts from the high school ranks who will be in attendance.
Here’s the camp’s mission statement, from the academy’s official website:
TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF, AND THE PROFICIENCY WITH, THE FUNDAMENTALS, TECHNIQUES, SKILLS, MOTIVATION AND SPORTSMANSHIP NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS AT THE INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE SKILL POSITIONS IN THE SPORT OF FOOTBALL, WHILE EXPANDING THE OVERALL KNOWLEDGE AND STRATEGY OF OFFENSIVE PLAY AND DEFENSIVE COVERAGE.
FOR ALMOST FOUR DECADES THE MANNING FAMILY AND THE QUARTERBACK POSITION HAVE BEEN PRACTICALLY SYNONYMOUS WITH ONE ANOTHER. AS SUCH, THEIR SUMMER VACATIONS ALWAYS REVOLVE THE ANNUAL MANNING PASSING ACADEMY…A FAMILY-OWNED AND MANAGED FOOTBALL CAMP THAT EMBRACES THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF FOOTBALL WHILE CATERING TO THE OFFENSIVE SKILL POSITIONS OF RB, TE, WR…AND OF COURSE QB.
This year’s camp will take place July 10-14 on the campus of Nicholls State.
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