HUNTSVILLE - It was a breakout season in 2016 for Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, and heading into his senior campaign, he is doing his best to take advantage of his summer.
Briscoe set school and national records on his way to being named the Walter Payton Award winner as a junior, and that season helped earn him an invitation to the prestigious Manning Passing Academy, held in Thibodaux, La., in late June.
The Bearkat signal caller was among a select group of college quarterbacks to attend the camp, an event put on and run by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. The camp, which spanned over a four-day period, included workouts and strategy sessions with the Mannings in addition to directly assisting with the over 1,800 youth attendees.
“It was a lot of fun,” Briscoe said after returning to campus. “The biggest thing about meeting the Mannings was to get to know them and find out what type of genuine people they are. We got to hang out with them and pick their brain on all sorts of things, including football and how they approached preparation both in and out of the season.”
Briscoe, along with 41 other collegiate quarterbacks from across the nation, were in attendance at the camp. The days started off with morning staff meetings in preparation for day, and also offered opportunities for the athletes to meet face-to-face with NFL personnel.
The athletes also went through workouts and participated in the Air It Out and PapaJohn's QB Challenge competitions. Briscoe stood out in the QB Challenge, a competition that had the quarterbacks attempt to hit moving targets on different routes, with distances varying as the rounds progressed. After two rounds Briscoe was one of just five quarterbacks remaining in the challenge and he eventually finished second, only to Shane Buechele of the University of Texas.
“I went into the whole thing kind of anxious,” Briscoe said. “But after the first workout, it felt great. When it came to throwing the ball, I was right there with everyone else. It was great to see where I stack up with guys from all levels. There was a ton of inside competition going on.”