July 10th through the 13th is a date that quarterbacks in high school or college always seem to keep free on their calendar. That is because that is the time that MPA or Manning Passing Academy rolls around. The annual football camp is held by Archie Manning and his two Super Bowl winning sons Eli and Peyton, at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA.
But this years camp is a special one for the Owls quarterback P.J. Walker, as he will be in attendance as one of the select college quarterbacks in attendance. Just a few recent quarterbacks who attended range from Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater to Eagles back up quarterback Matt Barkley.
Coach Matt Rhule, who was the assistant offensive line coach for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, understands that Eli Manning has proven himself as a leader and will be able to help out Temple’s quarterback. P.J.Walker as he enters his sophomore year at Temple.
Last year for the Owls, Walker completed 152 of his 250 passes giving him 2,804 yards for the season. Fairly good numbers for a player who did not get snaps under center until October. He also threw 20 touchdowns as well as 8 interceptions in Temple’s final seven games in which he started.
At Manning camp, P.J. will have the opportunity to learn from the “First Family of Football” to help him progress into the leader that he can become. Temple may have the next up and coming quarterback in the American Athletic Conference if Walker uses what he learns in this camp as a springboard for the 2014 Temple Football season.
P.J. has looked good in spring practices for the Owls and fans will get their first chance to see what this team has as their annual Cherry and White Game will be held this Saturday, April 26th at Cardinal O’Hara High School at 1pm.