January 25, 2013; Ko Olina, HI, USA; AFC quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos (18) smiles during the team photo at AFC media day for the 2013 Pro Bowl at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Football: Cutcliffe Working With the Mannings, Welker

In some fun football news, head coach David Cutcliffe and Duke University played host to some pretty impressive football talent, as Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and six receivers you might’ve heard of headed out to Durham to get in some pre-camp workouts.

The Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning is joined by his three top receiving targets – Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and the newly acquired Wes Welker – while Eli Manning brought along fellow New York Giants Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Louis Murphy.

Cutcliffe, who was offensive coordinator for both of the brothers (Peyton at Tennessee, Eli at Ole Miss), was given pretty strict instructions by Peyton. From ESPN.com:

“I told Cutcliffe to coach us like we were both freshman at Tennessee or Ole Miss. It’s been great work, great timing with the receivers this early in the offseason,” Peyton Manning said.

I love this. It gives Duke football free press and reminds recruits that the Blue Devils’ head coach helped mold Peyton and Eli Manning into the Super Bowl winning quarterbacks they are today. Both of Duke’s primary quarterbacks to come out of the Cutcliffe era, Thaddeus Lewis and Sean Renfree, have caught the eye of the NFL, with Lewis eventually getting a start in the Cleveland Browns’ season finale last year after going undrafted in 2010 while Renfree has been regarded by scouts as a possible late-round, sleeper pick in the upcoming draft.

Eventually, Duke is going to land a stud quarterback prospect. Duke may need another year or two of establishing themselves as a legitimate football program, but it will happen. When that day comes, I guarantee one of the things you’ll hear out of the recruit’s mouth is something along the lines of “I want to be coached by the guy who developed Peyton and Eli Manning.”

Anyway, there isn’t much to say about the workouts. Receivers ran routes, quarterbacks threw passes and the coach in attendance coached. All in all, solid day, and I’m sure the Broncos and Giants will continue to run scary passing attacks in the 2013-14 NFL season.

Back to the important stuff. Hey, future football recruits, look! Our coach coached Peyton and Eli Manning! Come to Durham!

Nothing? Oh well. Go, Blue Devils!

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