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Lynch learns from Manning Passing Academy experience

By STEVE NITZ - snitz@shawmedia.com
Quarterback Jordan Lynch warms up with his teammates during the first practice of the season Monday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. (Rob Winner – rwinner@shawmedia.com)

DeKALB – Jordan Lynch answered his cell phone one day in late June.

He didn't expect to hear Archie Manning on the other line.

Manning, the former all-pro quarterback who is more famous for being the father of current NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, was inviting Lynch to be a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Louisiana.

"It was kind of surreal at first," Lynch said after Tuesday's practice at Huskie Stadium, the team's second of fall camp. "I kind of didn't believe it."

Lynch was one of roughly 30 collegiate quarterbacks to head down to Thibodaux, La. from July 11-14. Huskies coach Rod Carey certainly wasn't going to discourage him from attending.

"I was happy for him. Come on, it's Peyton and Eli and Archie. It's awesome," Carey said. "...It was a no-brainer for everyone involved. You're invited to something like that, you go."

Lynch was invited after being added to the Manning Award watch list during last season. He was a finalist for the award, which went to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who infamously left this year's Manning Camp early because of dehydration.

Lynch is on the Manning Award preseason watch list this season after becoming the first Football Bowl Subdivision player in history to rush for more than 1,500 yards and pass for more than 3,000 in a season. It was a year in which Lynch finished with a Mid-American Conference record 4,953 yards of total offense, had 44 total touchdowns and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award as the MAC's MVP.

In Louisiana, Lynch's duty was to work with a group of 10-year old campers. However, each day, the quarterbacks also got the chance to work out with Peyton and Eli for an hour.

"They didn't really try to critique or anything like that. Just watching them drop back, and if they ever saw anything a little different they'd try to help us with advice or something like that," Lynch said. "Just being around them, we got to sit down with them and ask them questions about what to look for on film, or basic questions."

One thing Lynch, who was roommates with Missouri senior quarterback James Franklin, picked up was just how poised both Mannings are in the pocket.

"They're real smooth. They never panic," Lynch said. "Even if a route breaks down they never panic, always stay steady in the pocket. Always make the throws."

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