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Manning QB camp features bevy of future NFLers

Each summer, Peyton Manning hosts a four-day passing academy at Nicholls State University intended to teach high school and college quarterbacks the fundamentals of the position.  Manning co-hosts the camp with his father, Archie, and brothers Eli and Cooper.  The passing academy began on Thursday and lasts through this afternoon.

The list of this year’s coach/participants is impressive.  It includes Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Florida State’s Christian Ponder, Tennessee’s Matt Simms, Houston’s Case Keenum, Boise State’s Kellen Moore, Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson, LSU’s Jordan Jefferson, Alabama’s Greg McElroy, and T.J. Yates of North Carolina.
Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor, Washington’s Jake Locker, and Jacory Harris of Miami (FL) were invited, but unable to attend. Ryan Mallett of Arkansas is still rehabbing an injury.  
On hand for “coaching” only purposes are longtime Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson, ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer, Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and Colts receiver Austin Collie, among others.
The passing academy held an “Air It Out” challenge on Saturday, pitting the top campers against each other for a drills competition.  Sam Bradford won last year.
This summer’s winner was Taylor Potts of Texas Tech, who edged out Tennessee transfer Matt Simms — son of Phil and brother of Chris — in the finals.  According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who was on hand in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Simms showed off an “arm as strong as anyone” and can “spin it big time.”  Simms was the “wow guy,” but Potts won using a “softer style” that apparently allowed for better accuracy.
Luck, entering just his sophomore year for Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford Cardinal, was considered the top NFL prospect in Thibodaux.  Florida State’s Ponder is also viewed as a possible first-rounder in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Ponder participated despite coming off shoulder surgery.
Mortensen threw out a sleeper: Colin Kaepernick of Nevada, who like Simms reportedly exhibited “wow factor” in terms of throwing power.  Kaepernick has compiled a 61:16 touchdown-to-interception ratio through three years as a starter for the Wolf Pack.  Like Luck, Mallett, and Ponder, Kaepernick will be eligible for next year’s NFL draft.
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31 Responses to “Manning QB camp features bevy of future NFLers”
  1. brasho says: Jul 11, 2010 12:34 PM

    Kaepernick is also a 1000 yard runner year in and out and stands over 6’5.

  2. MionJaCon says: Jul 11, 2010 12:43 PM

    Best football camp in America.. Period

  3. litemater95 says: Jul 11, 2010 12:50 PM

    Was MAtt Simms the one in the backs seat of Chris Simm’s car? Just saying…

  4. JackBTexan says: Jul 11, 2010 12:54 PM

    LSU’s Jordan Jefferson certainly could use some lessons how how to throw a pass. Doubt he’ll make any waves in the NFL.
    Go Tigers!
    JackBTexan

  5. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 11, 2010 12:54 PM

    Christian Ponder is a possible first rounder???? You arent talking about the NFL draft are you?? You must be talking about something else…

  6. Football Fan says: Jul 11, 2010 1:03 PM

    It will be interesting to see how many of these QBs sign with Manning’s agent, whom I am sure was either there or will get a full report from Manning and if the NFL or NFLPA would possibly look into the fact that Manning could be using this as a way to help recruit for his agent like Deion Sanders uses his “mentorship” to recruit for his agent.
    And while everyone is at it I hope Mort is following Manning around because word on the street around the NFL is that he has been living a life similar to Tiger Woods when it comes to women. Wonder why nobody has busted Manning yet and if folks will feel the same against him as they have with Woods???
    Just a thought Florio. Do some digging. I promise you will find out this is not BS. You will find smoke if you investigate it and we all know where there is smoke there is FIRE! :)

  7. robert ethen says: Jul 11, 2010 1:25 PM

    Oh God, a whole new generation of quarterbacks running up and down behind the line like rehab junkies trying to locate their shopping cart full of possessions on a Sunday morning.

  8. BP says: Jul 11, 2010 1:46 PM

    How can he concentrate on a football camp with the controversy that he has no new contract swirling around?

  9. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 11, 2010 2:12 PM

    @ FootballFan
    Yea, we all know that Peyton has dogged the local weather girl in the past (PS – shes freakin hot!). There is absolutely no way his sex life compares to Tiger though, you need to get a grip!!
    95% of athletes cheat on their wives…theres only 1 Tiger story!

  10. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 11, 2010 2:14 PM

    @ robert ethen
    This camp has been going on for YEARS and theres been nothing like that goin on in the NFL
    Theres only 1 Peyton Manning, bro…

  11. Buddo says: Jul 11, 2010 2:15 PM

    No Matt Barkley? LOL USC

  12. Football Fan says: Jul 11, 2010 2:22 PM

    Mean and Nasty,
    Not what I heard. It is not quite to the extent as Tiger where Tiger has been with probably 50 women but I have heard from players and those close to them that he is very secretive with it but they know he has been with many women. I was told he has been with several like Woods has. As I said not quite as many as Woods but WAY more than 1 or 2. I think if the media dug on this one they would find Manning has had plenty of action besides his wife over the years. Nobody found it odd Manning, a close friend of Woods, never came out and said anything? That would be the pot calling the kettle black and I was told he didn’t want to attract attention to himself.

  13. Colts18 says: Jul 11, 2010 2:42 PM

    Football Fan – Why do you care so much? If I was that rich you better EXPECT me to be cheating on my wife. To fail to take advantage of your standing in the world means you are severely lacking in the mental department. Every chump can get a decent looking wife, but not every guy can get just about any girl in Indianapolis. Come on now.

  14. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 11, 2010 2:51 PM

    Football Fan,
    I dont know how reliable your sources are but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you’re right…but I think if we start reporting every affair an athlete has the internet might crash!! It would open a huge can of worms for hundreds of guys, and its really none of our business. These women know what theyre getting into when they marry these guys. Some of them even allow it!!
    I think it only needs to be reported when you wind up unconscious in the street with your wife holding a 9 iron!

  15. mrlaloosh says: Jul 11, 2010 3:19 PM

    @ colt18
    So he can get any girl in Indian-no-place?
    Do they come equipped with one or 2 paper bags?
    MEANWHILE. Drew Brees couldn’t attend this year because he was busy signing books to commemorate the SAINTS beatin’ the Dolts in the Super Bowl.
    Maybe he’ll send Peyton a signed copy.

  16. Zaggs says: Jul 11, 2010 3:21 PM

    Football Fan,
    “if the NFL or NFLPA would possibly look into the fact that Manning could be using this as a way to help recruit for his agent like Deion Sanders uses his “mentorship” to recruit for his agent.”
    This claim is still as absurdly false as when the Sander’s defenders made the argument before in regards to Colt McCoy. Except McCoy didn’t sign with the Manning’s agent despite all the yelling the defenders of Sanders did.
    This put your cheating claims in a dubious light.

  17. Football Fan says: Jul 11, 2010 3:27 PM

    Colts18,
    I don’t care so much just find it funny Manning is getting this good pub and word from people around Indy is that he has skeletons in his closet.
    And just because you can have any woman does not mean it is right. I wouldn’t be a dog to my wife. Why get married if all you are going to do is cheat? Me personally I am still single because I like to play the field. I guess wedding vows (for better or worse, til death do you part, etc. etc.) mean nothing these days huh? Why get married then?

  18. Football Fan says: Jul 11, 2010 3:31 PM

    Zaggs,
    Anyone with common sense knows Sanders was using his connections to hook up his agent.
    Everyone in the NFL reads this site and I’m sure Manning or someone close to him will see this post.
    On the players signing with Manning I was mainly making a joke because often times when current players do things like this or former players who are still in the biz their agent is having them do recruiting for them. Maybe Manning is not doing that but maybe he is. It is very hard to prove unless the players themselves speak up about it.

  19. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 11, 2010 3:39 PM

    @ mrlaloosh
    Enjoy it while it lasts, because its never happening again!!

  20. tryagain says: Jul 11, 2010 3:39 PM

    While I don’t care who Peyton bangs, I must say colts18 seems like an idiot. By saying that, I’m just taking advantage of my standing in the world of message boards.

  21. Reptar says: Jul 11, 2010 4:25 PM

    # Football Fan says: July 11, 2010 1:03 PM
    It will be interesting to see how many of these QBs sign with Manning’s agent, whom I am sure was either there or will get a full report from Manning and if the NFL or NFLPA would possibly look into the fact that Manning could be using this as a way to help recruit for his agent like Deion Sanders uses his “mentorship” to recruit for his agent.
    And while everyone is at it I hope Mort is following Manning around because word on the street around the NFL is that he has been living a life similar to Tiger Woods when it comes to women. Wonder why nobody has busted Manning yet and if folks will feel the same against him as they have with Woods???
    Just a thought Florio. Do some digging. I promise you will find out this is not BS. You will find smoke if you investigate it and we all know where there is smoke there is FIRE! :)
    —————————-
    I see what you did there, Florio.

  22. burntorangehorn says: Jul 11, 2010 5:17 PM

    The only sure-fire NFLers on that list of attendees in the OP appears to be Luck, although Jarrod Johnson and Ponder have good chances as well.
    Anyone have a link to a complete list?

  23. Colts18 says: Jul 11, 2010 5:24 PM

    Marriage is for chumps. I always prenup

  24. BigBear123 says: Jul 11, 2010 5:55 PM

    Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor and Jacory Harris of Miami (FL) were invited, but unable to attend.
    —————–
    It is a passing camp, no reason for them to attend.

  25. maroonsloth says: Jul 11, 2010 7:09 PM

    Actually, Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson won the challenge last year, not Sam Bradford. Please check your facts.

  26. "Sover Squad" says: Jul 11, 2010 7:43 PM

    Hey FootballFan, If you knew anything about the Colts and especially Peyton you would know his wife or I should say ex-wife is a snooty Biooootch that was well taken care of and compensated during the split (reference her home in TN he paid for), but nonetheless all players cheat. And yes he can get any woman in Indy and most major cities he would choose. His wife was getting around as much as he was, she even hooked up with a fellow Colts player, bet he didn’t last long after Peyton found out. So being divorced you are allowed to do as you please, or whoever I should say.

  27. Football Fan says: Jul 11, 2010 11:41 PM

    “Sover Squad,
    Definitely true about the right to do who he wants. And yes most players do cheat. I would guess that 80 percent of NFL players are cheating either on their wife, woman, or taking an illegal substance. I think most of us just overlook it because we know it will never stop.

  28. poonhok says: Jul 12, 2010 9:28 AM

    Maybe some of BrownEyedDrivel/Redneck’s favorite NFL Quarterback’s could attend so they might learn how to play the position….

  29. TTbird says: Jul 12, 2010 4:45 PM

    It’s funny how Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts won this year’s challenge, yet barely gets enough press to make mention of the accomplishment. Yet another snub to a great QB from Texas Tech. Such articles love to dismiss the efforts and quality of players because they’re products of so-called systems that have resulted in big numbers under Mike Leach.
    I say CONGRATULATIONS Taylor Potts! Way to stay on track with all that’s going on in Lubbock this off-season and keeping your productivity and skills honed, such to garner a little recognition.
    Best of luck in the fall, WRECK’EM TECH!!!

  30. maroonsloth says: Jul 12, 2010 11:19 PM

    Hey TTbird – at least they gave credit to Potts for winning and didn’t create their own fictional history like they did for last year’s results. (For the record, even as an Ag, I agree, they glossed over the part about who won)

  31. Bradenton Buc says: Jul 21, 2010 8:17 AM

    This is not a camp, it’s a club. These invitees don’t need the help. The “camp” should allow any starting QB’s, that need the help, to apply.

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