The Manning Passing Academy has served as an important stop for former Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, as he received some advice from Peyton Manning that helped influence his decision to return to Pitt ahead of his super senior season.
Kedon Slovis doesn’t have as big a decision right now, but with a strong senior campaign at Pitt in 2022, he could once again find his name mentioned along with the top quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Slovis took a page out of Pickett’s book and asked the Mannings, both Peyton and Eli, about his potential NFL future.
Slovis will serve as one of his 45 college quarterback counselors at the 2022 Manning Passing Academy, alongside players like Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke, Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong, Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker.
The four-day event, run by the Manning family, from June 23-26 at Nicholls State in Thibodaux, Louisiana is the premier event for college quarterbacks in the offseason, giving all 45 the chance to learn and work with the Manning family while helping to foster the growth of the high schoolers in attendance. It’s a quarterback camp that has also blossomed to include quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
In three seasons at USC, Slovis threw for 7,576 yards and 58 touchdowns to just 24 interceptions on 652-of-953 passing attempts. As a true freshman for the Trojans, he broke out with a campaign of 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns after taking over for the injured J.T. Daniels.
Despite up-and-down 2020 and 2021 seasons, still being named as a first-team All-Pac-12 quarterback in 2020, Slovis entered the transfer portal after the 2021 season.
With a transfer to Pitt a week later, Slovis has been competing and training in Pittsburgh since January. While he’s locked in a quarterback competition with Nick Patti, Slovis is likely to enter Week 1 against West Virginia as the starter.