Kyle Caldwell invited to MPA as counselorPublished 10:28am Friday, June 27, 2014
The Manning Passing Academy is one of the most sought-after destinations for quarterback and offensive skill hopefuls seeking tutelage from some of the finest signal-callers in the NFL and the nation.
This year, one of their teachers is going to be perhaps Dadeville’s finest contribution from the position, as former Tigers standout Kyle Caldwell recently received the nod of being one of the MPA’s counselors this year.
Caldwell, who was an All-State quarterback and kicker for Dadeville and a former 4A Back of the Year winner, has since gone on to rewrite most of the record books at the University of West Alabama.
But for all of his accomplishments, his most recent one has floored him.
“I was pretty ecstatic when I found out I was invited,” Caldwell said. “It’s a prestigious honor. You always hear about the camp and how it helps so many kids… I’m just excited to learn as much as I can while teaching the kids who’ll be there.”
Those who will be guided by Caldwell are set for a unique insight toward the position. After all, the 5-foot-7, 165-pounder isn’t your prototypical quarterback.
But the Gulf South Conference’s reigning offensive player of the year knows he has some gems he can offer.
“I grew up in a small town, like a lot of the kids that will be there,” Caldwell said. “There will be some kids there that are bigger than me, and some that are smaller. But I think I’ll be able to understand the different players, especially during one-on-one time.”
While the general purpose of the camp is to help better the attendees’ respective games, Caldwell also sees this as an opportunity to sharpen his own skills.
“There’s so much I can learn. I want to be the best quarterback I can be, so I want to learn as much as I can,” he said. “Whether that’s plays, verbiage… there’s a lot of different stuff out there for me to learn.”
Ultimately, Caldwell sees his selection to the MPA as a testament of what dedication and having a strong work ethic – two things the MPA strives to impart upon its attendees as per its mission statement – can get anyone.
“I’m just honored. I’ve always worked hard, and I only had a couple of chances here or there to play quarterback, so I had to take advantage of every opportunity I could,” he said. “This shows that if you work for something, and you work hard for it, something good will come your way.”
The camp will be held at Nicholls State University in Thiboudeax, La. from July 10-13.