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Peyton Manning
QB, Tennessee

Peyton Manning



Directed Tennessee to a 39-6 mark as a starter....all-time leading passer with yds., completions and TDs.... holds 42 NCAA, SEC, & Tenn. offensive records....holds 33 UT single game, season, & career offensive records....SEC Freshman of the Year...1997: Started 13/13 academic All-American, Nat'l Footbal Foundation Draddy Scholar-Athlete of the Year...Amer. Honda Scholar-Athlete of the Year...selected Phi Beta Kappa...topped the 300 yd mark an SEC record 18 times...SEC championship game MVP after 373 yd, 4 TDs...ranks 3rd in NCAA history in career passing yds. and 4th in TDs...1996: Started 12/12 games...member of the Academic All-SEC team, 2nd team GTE Academic All-America...8th in the '96 Heisman balloting...ranked 7th in the nation in total offense...named the Citrus Bowl MVP...UT's 1st QB to throw for over 3000 yds. in a season...1995: Started 12/12 games... Selected All-SEC 1st team by coaches, 2nd team by SEC... finished 6th in Heisman balloting...set UT single season passing records for attempts, completions, comp. percentage, & yds. gained...led UT to 11-1 record and No, 2 nat'l ranking...1994: started 11/8 games...named Freshman of the Year in the SEC Conference...sparked team to 45-23 victory in Gator Bowl...

High School

Winner of the Gatorade Circle of Champions Nat'l Player of the Year award...rated as one of nation's top three QB by every recruiting service...Son of Ole Miss All-American and New Orleans Saints All-Pro QB Archie Manning...


Graduated with 3.61 GPA in speech communication and minor in enrolled as graduate student in sports management...


'97- 287/477-3819 yds.-11 int-36 TD...'96- 243/380-3287 yds.-12 int.-20 TD...'95- 244/380-2954 yds.-4 int.-22 TD...'94- 89/144-1141yds.-6 int. 11 TD.


Manning is probably the most prepared QB to enter the NFL draft in several years.. He has had a storybook college career, and has been in a top level program with excellent coaching, and he has maturity and great intangibles to go along with his natural skills.. He should be able to pick up the mental aspects of the game early on the NFL level, and should play very quickly. He has great overall field vision. He is a fierce competitor, and all of his mechanics are very solid. He has good arm strength, but not necessarily a “gun” that you might expect from a QB at the top of the draft.. He has adequate mobility and good overall AA, although he is not a scrambler by nature. He has done an excellent job of getting the most out of his abilities, but he is not quite as natural a player as Leaf. One question that some NFL scouts have is the question “will he get any better?”. At times he gives the appearance of being a self-made player, and sometimes those types of players don’t always go on to great NFL careers. In Manning’s case, he may be a solid and productive NFL QB, but he may not have Hall of Fame type skills, but it certainly won’t be for lack of effort.. He has probably been the most scouted player in the draft in recent years, and because that NFL teams tend to look too much at potential flaws, instead of accepting him for what he is, a great college QB that is on his way to an outstanding NFL career.

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