FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen was among 33 of the top college quarterbacks in the country to attend the Manning Passing Academy in late June.
The junior received high praise from camp director Archie Manning, according to Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema.
Allen says he was blown away by his experience at the academy hosted by the Manning family at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.
“Yeah, that was huge for me,” Allen said. “Just learning from three of the best quarterbacks that have ever played. I mean, it was a lot of fun. I learned more than I could even talk to you about right now. It was just an honor to get invited and hopefully I get invited back next year.”
A first-year starter in 2016, Allen was one of the more surprising quarterbacks to receive an invite.
“Archie … Mr. Manning called me and I was like, ‘this is really Archie Manning?’,” Allen said. “It was kind of interesting. I was really honored to get the invite from him. Really glad I went.”
The camp also included Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs, Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight and UCLA’s Josh Rosen.