Gruden?s QB Camp back at Disney
Jon Gruden is back with his?QB Camp?2014 from the Disney Sports complex.?
ESPN?s?Monday?Night Football?analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach prepares a custom lesson plan for each prospect that highlights strengths and identifies areas of improvement for the quarterback to be successful at the NFL level.
The past four years, Gruden has mentored the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and Super Bowl XLVIII champion Russell Wilson. Of the 29 quarterbacks (from 27 different schools) who have participated in the one-on-one film sessions, 14 were regular starters during the 2013 NFL season. (See attached infographic for statistics.)
In 2014,?QB Camp?moves to the?ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex?at Walt Disney World Resort outside Orlando where a new studio replicates Gruden?s Tampa office ? affectionately dubbed the Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA), which has been home to?QB Camp?since its inception. In addition, the 220-acre sports facility?s athletic fields will be used for quarterback workouts.
With the?ESPN Innovation Lab?permanently based at the Wide World of Sports, state-of-the-art technical facilities will also allow some?QB Camp?segments to be edited on-site for same-day turnaround. In addition, uplink capabilities will make it possible for quarterbacks to participate in interviews on ESPN NFL shows, SportsCenter?and other programs during their visits.
?Since the?Monday?Night Football?season ended, Jon has been grinding away, preparing lesson plans for?QB Camp,? said?Jay Rothman, ESPN?s Vice President of Production, who oversees the series. ?We have another talented and eager group of players set to visit this spring and we are particularly excited about enhancing our coverage with the tremendous facilities and support available to us at ESPN?s Wide World of Sports.?
Johnny Manziel, who spent?Thursday?with Gruden?is the first quarterback to visit for?QB Camp. An excerpt of his film session will air tonight on the?6 p.m. ET?edition of?SportsCenter. Remaining players are scheduled to work with Gruden in March and April.
Gruden?s QB Camp?special on Manziel is scheduled to premiere?Thursday, March 27?(7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), the same day the Aggies quarterback will participate in his individual Pro Day in College Station, Texas. Most?QB Camp?specials will air on Tuesdays, beginning in late April at?9 p.m.?on ESPN. Shows will also re-air on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. The entire?QB Camp?program schedule will be released in March.
Nine of the top quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft are scheduled to participate in?Gruden?s QB Camp, including 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, two-time BCS National Champion A.J. McCarron of Alabama, and Louisville standout Teddy Bridgewater.
|Blake Bortles||Central Florida|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||Eastern Illinois|
|Jordan Lynch||Northern Illinois|
|Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M|