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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Rose Bud duo camps with elite company

  • Rose Bud junior quarterback Jake Cantey and junior receiver/defensive back Palmer Spurlock had the opportunity to attend the famous Manning Passing Academy recently at Nichols State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana where they received instruction from several college stars in addition to NFL All-Pro quarterbacks Archie Manning, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
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  • Rose Bud junior quarterback Jake Cantey and junior receiver/defensive back Palmer Spurlock had the opportunity to attend the famous Manning Passing Academy recently at Nichols State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana where they received instruction from several college stars in addition to NFL All-Pro quarterbacks Archie Manning, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
    Cantey (6-0, 195) made the camp for a fourth consecutive season and Spurlock (6-0, 180), a good friend of Cantey, has visited the past three years.
    In its 19th year, the camp places an emphasis on Division-1 football training throughout two full days and two half days. Cantey worked mostly on footwork, while Spurlock learned to sharpen his route running skills. The campers divide up and play 7-on-7 at night.
    Cantey, who also visited the Rising Seniors camp at the Naval Academy this summer and a half-day camp at Harding University, plans to wrap up the summer at Arkansas State. He traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska for a camp with Bo Pelini and Huskers’ staff last season.
    He always enjoys meeting the college stars. Last year he and Spurlock met Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (Texas A & M), who was recently drafted by the Cleveland Browns. This year the duo had a chance to meet Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy while leading Florida State to the National Championship.
    “My favorite part of the camp is meeting the new college players that I follow on Saturdays and talking to them about their experiences and picking up tips,” said Cantey.
    SEC starting quarterbacks Bo Wallace (Ole Miss), Jeff Driskel (Florida), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) and Dylan Thompson (South Carolina) were among the college stars in attendance, along with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who is projected by some to make a run at the Heisman this season.
    Thompson gave out some pointers during a media session. He talked about shutting down social media during the season to focus on football.
    Winston spoke about his limited time away from football. The Heisman winner said he enjoys playing basketball with his girlfriend and watching cartoons.
    Cantey had the opportunity to work one-on-one with Driskel, Wallace, Benjamin Anderson (UAPB) and Brett Hundley (UCLA.) He  enjoyed discussing hunting and fishing with Driskel between drills.
    The junior quarterback said Peyton Manning has showed him an arsenal of techniques involving footwork.

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