Two Big 12 quarterbacks are among a group of elite college signal callers who are serving as counselors at the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy being held this weekend at Nichols State College in Thibodaux, La.
Bryce Petty of Baylor, the 2013 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and Trevor Knight, who led Oklahoma to a 45-31 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama last January, are taking part in the four-day camp that provides skills training and instruction for more than 1,ooo high school football players.
Other notable college quarterbacks who are participating in this year’s Manning Passing Academy are 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of national champion Florida State, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Brett Hundley of UCLA, Jeff Driskel of Florida and Michigan’s Devin Gardner.
In all, 40 top college quarterbacks have been invited to serve as counselors at this year’s Academy.
The camp is directed by Archie Manning, former NFL quarterback with the New Orleans Saints and father of current NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning. All three Mannings, along with Peyton and Eli’s brother, Cooper, who played college football at Mississippi before suffering a career-ending injury, are actively engaged in the annual training academy.
“I always thought it (the Manning Academy) would become a regional thing, but it has turned into a national camp,” Archie Manning told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “It’s been a lot of fun to watch it grow. In the last 18 years, my sons have never missed a minute of the camp. They’re totally committed to it.
“We talk fundamentals and a lot about work habits and work ethic, encouraging them for their offseason workouts and study habits,” Archie said. “We try to impress upon them what it takes to become a successful high school player.”