Articles about Andrew Manley at the Super Seven QB Retreat

About participating in the Super Seven QB Retreat, Andrew Manley said:
“I’m just amazed at everything. It’s unbelievable. I’m just trying to take everything in and make myself a better quarterback.” (HA)

Asked what he’s doing at the camp with the elite QB recruits from the mainland, Manley said:
“I just want to prove to myself and others that I can hang with these guys. So far, I feel as if I’m right there with all of them.” (HSB)

HA Note: “Manley, who directed Leilehua to a state title as a sophomore and reached the finals last season. Manley was named 2008 co-offensive player of the year by The Honolulu Advertiser after passing for 3,642 yards and 31 touchdowns, and rushing for four more.”

About how he was surprised to receive an invitation to the Super 7 camp, Manley said:
“I wasn’t expecting it. They just told me they wanted the elite seven, and because I’m a decent quarterback from Hawai’i, they asked me to come, too, to be the local boy.” (HA)

About how Norm Chow was the first to recommend Manley to him, QB guru Steve Clarkson said:
“He really, really liked Andrew and thought I should consider him for this event. Then I had a chance to evaluate him on film and talk to other coaches across the country who’ve seen this guy, and they all were in amazement that he had this much talent and that he was under the radar because of his location. Sometimes you want to able to look like a genius, and I feel like Andrew is going to make me look like a genius because I’m the first to say, ‘Yeah, this kid’s got it.’ ” (HA)

HA Note: “Clarkson said he picked Maui for the Super Seven QB Retreat after vacationing at the Grand Wailea Resort in March with Montana and his family.”

Joe Montana said that he never pushed his sons to play football, but is happy to offer his expertise:
“when I feel I have to.” (HA)

HA Note: “Montana said the Super Seven camp is a great opportunity for some of the nation’s top college prospects to compare themselves with their peers. “At least that’s what I’m doing,” he chuckled.”

About working closely with the QBs on their footwork, Matt Leinart (who has been coached by Clarkson since he was 13) said:
“It’s just the little things: that first step, keeping your base, not overstriding. The little things like that go a long way. The biggest thing I see with these kids is the fundamentals, just working with the fundamentals.” (HA)

About the camp participants, Warren Moon said that he’s:
“looking for the ones who take direction the best. The quarterback position is a high-ego position as well as everything else that goes along with it. Some guys think they know it all and they’re not coachable. So I want to see the guys who want to listen and are willing to get better and the guys who are going to ask questions.” (HA)

About how there is no longer a prototype NFL QB and today’s players have to be versatile, Moon said:
“There isn’t a mold any more. There used to be but now it depends on what offense you’re running. It used to be you wanted a guy who’s 6-4 and 225 pounds with a strong arm who can just stand in the pocket. Now they’re looking for guys with a little more movement. Because there’s so much speed in the game, they’re looking for the guy who can make a play whether he does it with his feet or his arms, it really doesn’t matter. They’re looking for production.” (HA)

Praising Manley’s performance at the camp, Moon said:
“He’s got good feet and a strong arm and he’s willing to listen to everything I’ve said so far. He just needs to hone it all and perfect the fundamentals.” (HA)

Praising Manley’s performance at the camp, Leinart said:
“He’s raw but you can tell the abilities are there. He’s got a really good arm but just a little more footwork can go a long way.” (HA)

Praising Manley, Clarkson said:
“Andrew has a lot of promise. Physically, he has all the tools. Playing out here in the middle of the Pacific, many schools may not be aware of him, but he’s a very talented young man who stacks up very well with some of other top quarterbacks in the country.” (HSB)

Feeling that he held his own with the other QBs that were there, Manley said:
“I think I’m right there. I feel I’m doing just as good. But we’re not worried about that. Right now we’re just having a good time out here and learning as much as we can. We’re not really competing against each other.” (HA)

HA Note: “In addition to field drills and X’s-and-O’s chalkboard sessions, the high schoolers also learned from the pro players, well-known NFL agent Leigh Steinberg and ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill about the college recruiting process, the importance of maintaining good grades and preparing for life off the field.”

About the importance of preparing for life after football, Moon said:
“How many of these guys are going to make it to pro football? They might get college scholarships but will they make it to the next level? That’s where education comes in. And the things you learn as quarterback and the leadership skills, those things will translate into anything you want to do in life — politics, business or whatever.” (HA)

About how today’s QB have more pressure on them than when he went to college, Moon said:
“We all know that college sports is a multimillion-dollar business and these guys are going to be asked by their university to come in and fill 80,000-, 100,000-seat stadiums. But I think all these kids are willing to do that and by going to these types of camps they get themselves prepared for what they are going to have to deal with.” (HA)

Appreciating all the advice from the pros, Manley said:
“It’s helping us out with what we need to do to get recruited, what to do when we do get recruited and how important it is to go to school, and then when we talk about football, how important it is to know what you’re doing on the field.” (HA)

Unsure where he’ll attend college, Manley said that Hawaii is an option:
“It’s always there. It’s always there.” (HA)

“I’ve received an offer from UH, but I’m hoping that other schools will become interested.” (HSB)

About his son Andrew, Kimo Manley said:
“I always knew that Andrew had a strong arm from the time he was playing Pop Warner. And I really knew he had potential when he came close to winning a starting position as a freshman before he broke his (non-throwing left) arm.” (HSB)

About her son Andrew’s goals, Cathy Manley said:
“His goals are pretty simple. To get a good college education and to play some ball.” (HSB)

About how it is hard for QBs from Hawaii to get noticed, Cathy Manley said:
“That’s why getting invited to this camp is so important. And it’s great that we now have more camps in Hawaii, like the Just Win, Game Plan and All-Poly. It gives our kids an opportunity to be seen.” (HSB)


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