Hendon Hooker Set for Manning Passing Academy Work This Week

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    Peyton and Eli Manning will be taking a break from their trip to the College World Series this week when they host the Manning Passing Academy on Thursday.

    According to Phil Kaplan of the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker is set for participation as a counselor in the Manning’s event.

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    Hooker, who is heading into his second year with the Tennessee program, is one of several collegiate quarterbacks who will also be counselors at the event. Every SEC program, except for Auburn and Missouri, will have a quarterback representative as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy:

    • Tennessee – Hendon Hooker
    • Georgia – Stetson Bennett IV
    • LSU – Myles Brennan
    • Arkansas – KJ Jefferson
    • Texas A&M – Max Johnson
    • Kentucky – Will Levis
    • South Carolina – Spencer Rattler
    • Alabama – Bryce Young
    • Vanderbilt – Mike Wright
    • Mississippi State – Will Rogers
    • Ole Miss – Luke Altmyer
    • Florida – Anthony Richardson
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    In total, according to Kaplan, there are 45 collegiate quarterbacks set to participate at the academy this week. A full list can be found here.

    The mission of the Manning Passing Academy is “to create an environment of greater understanding of, and the proficiency with, the fundamentals, techniques, skills, motivation and sportsmanship necessary for success at the individual offensive skill positions in the sport of football, while expanding the overall knowledge and strategy of offensive play and defensive coverage,” according to the website.

    The Manning Passing Academy will run from Thursday, June 23 until Sunday, June 26 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

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