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Learning from the best: Mundahl attends Manning Passing Academy

Brady Mundahl started at quarterback as a sophomore for the Royals in 2013. (Bulletin file photo)1 / 2
Woodbury quarterback Brady Mundahl had the opportunity to learn from the likes of University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, right, at the Manning Passing Academy in July. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Brady Mundahl was pulled aside for a brief moment during his time at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana earlier this month.

The man who pulled him aside told Mundahl that he liked his work ethic, liked the way he was throwing the ball and liked the way he was taking the coaching.

The man was Peyton Manning, current quarterback of the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and future Hall-of-Famer.

Mundahl said it was the moment he’ll most remember from his time at the academy.

For Woodbury football coach Andy Hill, it was a moment he wasn’t surprised to hear about. When former NFL stars Tyrone Carter and Randy Moss visited the area to work with local players earlier this year, they said the same things about the Woodbury quarterback.

“He’s a competitor,” Hill said. “He’s a fiery kid who wants to get better. That’s the difference between a competitor and a front runner. That’s what we love about Brady because he’s willing to take coaching and take coaching from a lot of different sources. He knows what’s good and he knows what’s garbage. Obviously if Peyton Manning is talking it’s probably some really good stuff. We’re proud of him.”

Mundahl learned a lot during his stay at the camp about footwork, arm angles and overall attitude to have on the gridiron.

“Things that I thought I was really good at, but when I went there I found out ‘Wow’, compared to what they were teaching, I was way off,” Mundahl said. “Basically everything about the quarterback position I was on a different page.”

He spent the week adjusting and developing his mechanics as he worked with some of the best quarterbacks in the country. Along with Manning, Mundahl learned from the likes of collegiate stars Jameis Winston, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.

Winston, defending national champion Florida State’s field general, won the Heisman trophy in January, while all three will be candidates to claim college football’s top individual prize this season.

Mundahl said it was cool to work with all of the household names. He said all of the stars were “super nice” and treated the campers “like brothers.”

“It was really cool to see guys like the college quarterbacks. They’re only three or four years older than me and it’s cool to see how big and smart they are and how advanced at the game they are,” Mundahl said. “It was super cool to see Peyton and work with him, because you know he knows what he’s talking about.”

The overnight camp featured three practices a day filled with various drills, speakers and a 7-on-7 passing league in which Mundahl’s squad finished third out of 120 teams.

Mundahl said he would highly recommend the camp to others.

“Especially if you’re trying to work on your talent,” he said. “If you’re trying to get recruited and stuff like that, that’s not the place to go. If you’re trying to work on your high school abilities, that’s probably the No. 1 camp out there for you.”

The camp provided another opportunity for Mundahl to work on his game this summer, something Hill has seen his quarterback doing often.

Mundahl went directly from the Manning Passing Academy to the team camp at Winona State to join the rest of his Woodbury teammates. Hill said Mundahl attends all of the team’s morning workouts throughout the summer, as well, even when he had baseball the same day.

“He still came in in the morning and got after it and I think that spoke volumes to his teammates, because not everybody does that,” Hill said. “When a kid who’s going to be in the paper is also one of your hardest workers, that usually bodes well for your team and sets a good example.”

Mundahl said he’s gotten a lot better this summer, but he still has work to do before the season starts this fall.

“I feel like I still need to put in a lot more work to even be better,” he said. “The stuff I learned at the Manning Passing Academy I haven’t perfected yet. I still need to work on perfecting that.”

The junior-to-be does have a goal of playing collegiately and he plans to eventually attend combines to garner attention from college programs. But that’s not at the forefront of his concerns right now.

He’s focused on leading the Royals to success in 2014.

“I’m focusing on my team and helping my team get better,” he said.