The annual Manning Passing Academy started this Thursday, hosted at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The camp draws a large number of 1,250 participants — 38 of them being top quarterbacks in college football.
Roughly 120 respected coaches are attending the camp, including the three legendary Mannings. Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning are all present at the camp lending their expertise to those who aspire to reach their level.
Some big names that have learned from the Manning family include Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel, Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs, Michigan’s Wilton Speight, Baylor’s Seth Russell, Duke’s Thomas Sirk and Houston’s Greg Ward.
We can expect to see at least a few of these quarterbacks go early on in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Manning Passing Academy was founded by the Mannings in 1996, when Peyton Manning pushed his father to create the program. Archie Manning spoke to SportsNOLA.com, and said that the first camp was comprised of just four players – three of them now well-known: Peyton Manning, Brandon Stokely, and Jake Delhomme.
A special part of this year’s camp is a wristband that honors ESPN reporter Chris Mortenson. Jarrett Bell of USA Today tweeted a photo of the wristband, calling the gesture a “nice touch”.
— Jarrett Bell (@JarrettBell) June 23, 2016
Mortensen is currently battling throat cancer, and received the Dick McCann Award from the Pro Football Writers of America earlier this week.