More than that he had a front row seat to the Johnny Football Kerfuffle.
UC quarterback Brendon Kay not only attended the Manning Passing Academy, but he and roommate Jeff Driskel (Florida Gators) were suitemates with Manziel and A.J. McCarron.
"I got along well with all of those guys - they're all great guys," Kay told me. "Some stuff happened while we were down there that got most of the media (attention) about the camp."
Well played Brendon, you'd swear the guy was a pro. This is the kind of story that is tailor made for a media day environment, but I am far more interested in what Kay takes from the experience and brings back with him. In his own words he seems to have brought back a lot.
"Overall, it was an incredible experience to meet all of those NFL guys, the NFL Network guys, and the draft guys. There were probably 30 of the top quarterbacks down there from all over the country. I was a sponge when I was down there and tried to soak up as much knowledge as I could from Peyton, Eli, and all of the NFL guys that were down there. It helped me this summer seeing how they did their workouts and what they did with their receivers. I tried to use the same stuff when I got back to Cincinnati."
"It helps your confidence to go out and throw with those guys and see that I can throw with any of the guys around the country. It's not that I needed any extra confidence or anything, but it was definitely a confidence booster and showed that my hard work is paying off."
I am starting to get a little bit excited about this season.