HOOVER, Ala. - South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson was fresh off the Manning Passing Academy when he met with reporters Tuesday at SEC Media Days.
The fifth-year senior had nothing but positives to say about his time working as a camp counselor. Thompson was one of several college quarterbacks to work the camp, which is run by former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and his superstar sons, Peyton and Eli.
Immersed in a quarterback culture, Thompson said he appreciated being surrounded by people who were handling the same pressures and responsibilities he experiences.
"Not every day do you get to be around guys that are going through exactly what you're going through," Thompson said. "So that was cool to talk and meet some new guys, spend a lot of time with guys that are going through that. Peyton and Eli, they were fun. I hadn't met them before. They were very down to earth, humble guys. We just talked ball, life, everything. So it was really good to get to meet some new people."
Thompson didn't hesitate when asked what he learned at the camp.
"Just how much Peyton works," Thompson said. "It's just a different level than anything people can imagine. We had a workout with him the day we got there, and he had already been out there for an hour and a half. Then he worked out with us. So it's just his level of commitment, and he's spent 17 years in the league. So just seeing that first hand, how it works."
Thompson will hope to implement the same dedication to preparation as South Carolina's starting quarterback this fall.