July 11, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Thursday marked the first day of the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, a four-day camp hosting more than 1,000 high school football players that is directed by Archie, Peyton, Eli and Cooper Manning. Alongside the Manning family is over 100 counselors, including Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson.
The 2014 camp, which is held on the campus of Nicholls State in Thibodeaux, La., opened with check-in and a workout for the 40 college quarterbacks that have been brought in to help mentor the high school participants.
"It was awesome," Grayson said of the first day. "We split into groups of about seven or eight and worked with Eli initially before working out with Peyton. We did some footwork drills, routes on air coming out of the end zone and then going in."
The Rams' senior quarterback also said he received a few pointers from Peyton, his childhood idol.
Grayson, who is the first CSU quarterback to attend this prestigious camp, is surrounded by familiar faces, including two of his roommates, Utah State's Chuckie Keeton and Nevada's Cody Fajardo, who are a pair of the Mountain West's top quarterbacks. His fourth roommate is Temple's PJ Walker.
The six-foot-two, 220-pound quarterback joked that he didn't have time to talk to Eli (quarterback for the New York Giants) about center Weston Richburg, who the organization drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but he "plans on it."
The night ended with a social before Grayson went back to his room to rest up for Friday, which will be dedicated to working with some of the top high school quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
Grayson and his cohorts will work out together again on Saturday.
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