There’s been no resting during the offseason for Robert E. Lee quarterback Kendarius “K.D.” Manora.
The 6-foot-4, 170-pound rising junior performed well enough at the Football University camp in Pensacola, Fla., to earn an invite to the FBU Top Gun High School Camp in Dublin, Ohio, this month and the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio, Texas, in January.
Only the top 15 percent at each regional combine earn an invite to the Top Gun camp, and Manora made the grade.
“I know the top athletes get invited from FBU camps across the nation,” Manora said. “I’m just ready to go and compete against the top athletes in the nation. It’s going to be a good experience to travel. I’m going to go out there and give it my all.”
The FBU camps have paved the way for the likes of 2013 NFL first-round picks Eric Reid and Sharrif Floyd.
At the FBU regional camp, Manora learned from former Alabama and NFL quarterback Jeff Rutledge about the finer aspects of the position.
At the Top Gun camp on July 18-21, Manora gets a chance to learn from more than 50 former NFL coaches and players that focus on individual and small-group instruction.
“I went to FBU camp back in June, because I did so well, I got invited to the combine,” Manora said. “We worked with NFL players. It’s a really fundamental camp. We do one-on-ones, seven-on-sevens, work on our drops and our technique.”
Manora is a new name in the Montgomery football scene. He played junior varsity most of the season before starting the final three games of the season, leading the Generals to a 2-1 record as they ended the season 3-7.
Manora racked up 490 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in his brief varsity stint.
“I think for his first time coming in that he did some really good things,” Lee coach Tyrone Rogers said. “There were a lot of positive things we saw from him being a first-time starter. He showed the ability that he could come in and do some positive things that gave us the opportunity to win some football games.”
In the midst of summer practice, Rogers said he has already seen improvement from his young signal caller.
“What you see physically is that he has all the physical tools,” Rogers said. “He came back (from FBU camp), and I feel like I’ve seen progress from him. The biggest thing has been his drops, understanding how important his footwork is in quarterback play. That’s one of the most encouraging things, if you’re able to see progress, then you’re on the right track.”