published Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Vols' Tyler Bray invited to the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana

Tennessee's Tyler Bray prepares to throw a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov 26, 2011.
Tennessee's Tyler Bray prepares to throw a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov 26, 2011.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

KNOXVILLE -- Tyler Bray might have a special field trip on his July itinerary.

The Tennessee quarterback will attend the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana along with a handful of other college quarterbacks, according to ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

Though the full invitation-only list has yet to be released, Mortensen wrote on his Twitter account that Southern Cal's Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson of Arkansas and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas were some of the other quarterbacks expected to attend the annual camp.

The college quarterbacks serve as instructors for campers and also are tutored by current NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, according to Mortensen's Twitter. The Mannings have three Super Bowl titles between them after Eli's New York Giants won his second championship in February.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Manning family will hold their camp at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., for four days beginning July 12. It won't be Bray's first interaction with Peyton Manning. The junior from California has spent time with UT's most famous former quarterback during his previous visits to Knoxville.

As a sophomore Bray broke some of Manning's records, including most consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes and most passing yards and touchdowns in the first four games of a season.

Archie Manning is the academy's executive director, and his three sons -- Cooper, Peyton and Eli -- are senior associate directors for the camp.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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