Jul
21
2015

Copeland, Voytik reflect on Manning Passing Academy

BRADLEY�CENTRAL quarterback Cole Copeland (left) stands with University of Pittsburgh and former Cleveland High quarterback Chad Voytik. Both were at the 2015 Manning Passing Academy. Copeland was there to learn, while Voytik helped coach.

BRADLEY CENTRAL quarterback Cole Copeland (left) stands with University of Pittsburgh and former Cleveland High quarterback Chad Voytik. Both were at the 2015 Manning Passing Academy. Copeland was there to learn, while Voytik helped coach.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. GARY VOYTIK
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Out of the 1,200 high schoolers and 39 college quarterbacks in attendance at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., two had strong Bradley County connections.

While former Cleveland High School and current University of Pittsburgh quarterback Chad Voytik was there to serve as a counselor, Bradley Central’s star junior quarterback Cole Copeland was there to learn.

Despite being on opposite sides of the quarterback spectrum during their three days at MPA, both Voytik and Copeland were able to leave with valuable learning experiences.

“Overall, it was a great experience, and I learned a ton,” the Pitt quarterback said. “I expected it to be a very work-oriented camp, which it was, but I met some great guys that made it fun.”

Voytik worked with close to 150 junior and senior campers on screen and fade passes and then aided eighth graders in 7-on-7’s.

For Bradley’s QB, the positive experiences began right away.

“It was awesome. Right when we pulled up to check in, we walked into the stadium, and Peyton and Eli were throwing routes with receivers. It was a surreal moment,” Copeland described. “On the first night, they did a question and answer session with Peyton and Eli as well as some of the college quarterbacks, which was pretty cool and a meaningful experience.”

Voytik was not one of the college quarterbacks that Copeland worked with, but the two did see each other in passing. Once split into age groups, Copeland worked with Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, USC’s Cody Kessler, Minnesota’ Mitch Leidner and Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton.

“Most of the people in my group were from Tennessee,” Cole said. “7-on-7 at night and competing with the other campers was pretty cool.”

Copeland intends to apply the drills and footwork he learned at camp to the upcoming football season.

“Everything they taught us, like escaping the pocket, stepping up in the pocket and reading defenses, was relatable to game play,” Copeland stated.

In total, 47 states were represented at the Manning Passing Academy, and there were even some in attendance from Canada.

Article by Cleveland Daily Banner writer, Saralyn Norkus, Copeland, Voytik reflect on Manning Passing Academy