THIBODAUX, La. — Being an SEC starting quarterback draws a lot of parallels to being in a unique fraternity. After all, there’s only 14 people that can take claim to that honor on Week 1 of the college football season.
Many of the members of that group were on hand at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University over the weekend — competing, but mostly offering up advice to the young campers in attendance.
Conversely, the quarterbacks had a chance to heed the advice of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, as well as listen on what the rest of the SEC counterparts had to say.
“Right now we’re just talking (with) the quarterbacks from the other SEC schools,” LSU quarterback Brandon Harris said on Friday at the four-day camp.
“Josh (Dobbs) has obviously been a starter going into his second season. Chad Kelly and Austin Allen, Brandon Allen’s brother. He asked what it’s like his first year starting in the SEC.”
Of course, the Manning Passing Academy features more than just current and former SEC quarterbacks. Some of the nation’s best at the position were in attendance, including Clemson’s DeShaun Watson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
LSU’s quarterback admitted to having a conversation with Watson relative to the SEC. After all, Clemson opens up the 2016 season with a non-conference tilt against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 3.
And while Harris may exchange plenty of advice with his SEC brethren, giving any bits of knowledge to Watson leading up to the season opener could eventually help out LSU down the road.
“Coming together to stuff like this, you ask questions,” Harris said. “Like ‘What’s your program like?’ or ‘How do y’all practice?’ Different things, like, DeShaun opens up with Auburn so (answering) the different questions he may have.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about having fun, and making sure the kids have fun.”
And of course, that all of the quarterbacks in attendance learn a few things.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.