NORMAL — Brady Davis may check his voice mails a bit more often in the future.
It took the Illinois State junior quarterback a few days to realize he had missed a call from former NFL quarterback Archie Manning.
Contained in that call was an invitation to the Manning Passing Academy. Davis served as both an instructor and a participant in the prestigious camp that features signal-calling brothers Peyton and Eli Manning.
“It was a great experience,” said Davis, who was among approximately 40 college quarterbacks in attendance from June 27-30 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.
Davis was in charge of a group of young, aspiring quarterbacks for a two-hour session in the morning and afternoon.
“The group I was working with was 12-13 year olds,” Davis said. “That consumed a good portion of the day, but they (the Mannings) would mix in workouts with us.
"We threw the ball around and got hands on drills with Peyton and Eli. And we had a couple chalk talks.”
Evenings provided time to socialize.
“Every night we would be at some mansion in Thibodaux and they would cater good Cajun food,” said Davis. “I was able to hang out with the other college quarterbacks.
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"We were able to hang out with Peyton and Eli and kick back and relax. They were available to us all week to ask questions. Their brother Cooper was there, and Archie was around the whole time. That whole family is really good people.”
Davis believes a couple of drills he learned will be beneficial when the ISU quarterbacks and receivers get together.
“I thought they were pretty good,” Davis said. “I’ll put that to use for us.”
Davis transferred to ISU from Memphis in June of 2018. He completed 55.9 percent of his passes for 1,935 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.
“My confidence level for myself and this team is through the roof,” he said. “We put in a lot of good work since the end of last season. I feel very good about this offense and how I know what I’m doing out there.”
Davis also is encouraged by an ISU receiver group led by Andrew Edgar.
“We have a lot of young dudes that want to put in a lot of work,” said Davis. “Those guys are really pushing to be great top to bottom. I think those guys will be able to be very productive.”
ISU opens practice for the coming season on Aug. 2.