Last year in his first season to attend the Manning Passing Academy as a college quarterback counselor, Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph was the runner-up, narrowly beaten by Baylor quarterback Seth Russell, in the annual Air-it-Out contest and Quarterback Challenge.
Last night on the campus of Nicholls State University in Guidry Stadium, Southern Miss quarterback and preseason All-ACC pick Nick Mullens and former Houston and now Michigan signal caller John O'Korn advanced to the finals in the Papa John's Air-it-Out and IBERIABANK Quarterback Challenge. Those two went through five more rounds of competition after the third-place finisher Easton Melancon of Louisiana College was eliminated and the event was finally declared a tie.
The primary eliminator in the competition is where the quarterbacks have to throw at Papa John targets on golf carts that now travel 15 yards, 25 yards, and then also vertically downfield on the sidelines. Even with his practice this summer perfecting the jet ski completion back home, Rudolph did not advance this time around, according to a report on the event on Houmatoday.com.
Among the 33 college quarterbacks that spent the three previous days and Sunday (camp concluded Sunday morning) working with high school players and picking up everything they can from the Mannings (Archie, Cooper, Peyton, and Eli) were Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield of OU, Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech, Seth Russell of Baylor, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Houston's Greg Ward, Tulsa's Dane Evans, C.J. Beathard of Iowa, Cooper Rush of Central Michigan, Josh Rosen of UCLA, and Chad Kelly of Ole Miss.
It is an honor for a college quarterback to get to serve as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy once, much less twice, and Rudolph might be a three-time camp veteran next summer.