A freak accident in late April led to Garrett Grayson reinjuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder. And by freak accident we mean “was injured moving a couch down a flight of steps.”
There was little danger that Grayson would the start of summer camp let alone any part of the regular season, but the quarterback used a little exterior motivation to help him plow through rehab.
July 9, a who’s who of college football quarterbacks will join forces for the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy. Among those scheduled to be a part of the Thibodaux, La., camp put on by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning include Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Baylor’s Bryce Petty and UCLA’s Brett Hundley.
Also among the 30 or so FBS signal-callers expected to attend is Grayson. The Rams’ fourth-year senior said it was the opportunity to participate in the academy — and mingle with one of his idols — played a role in pushing through what was ofttimes multiple rehab sessions a day.
Oh, and the exposure from participating in the camp didn’t hurt the thought process either.
“Peyton has been my favorite quarterback, and it’s always been my dream to meet him, so obviously that’s pushed me really hard to get in there and do multiple rehabs if I can,” Grayson said according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald. “Just make sure it’s healthy and good to go, because I know scouts go to that camp and that’s kind of where (former San Jose State quarterback) David Fales’ name kind of took off. I want to go down there as healthy as possible and do the best for myself.”
Grayson is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country, having thrown for 3,696 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2013. Both of those totals stand as single-season school records.