Leery of soaring temperatures, Brandon Weeden didn't play “enough” golf this summer.
“Too dang hot,” the Cowboys quarterback said.
Still, if Weeden was enrolled in a writing class at OSU, which would not be that quirky compared to his well-earned graduate study courses (bowling, first aid, geography of sport and, yes, golf), he could pen a pretty good tale on “What I did on my summer vacation.”
Weeden threw footballs… with the Mannings, as in Peyton and Eli. And under the watchful eyes of Jon Gruden and Trent Dilfer.
The reigning All-Big 12 quarterback worked as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana, as well as the Elite 11 camp in California. And before you start worrying about Weeden wearing himself out on his summer break, the latter camp was in Malibu, on the campus of Pepperdine University.
“Great experience,” Weeden said. And he wasn't at all referring to the beach or the scenery.
Weeden found himself helping, yes, but also being helped.
“I was a sponge,” he said. “I really enjoyed that a lot, being able to pick brains and be around people like Peyton and Eli, who are just about as good as it gets in the NFL.”
At the Manning camp in Thibodaux, La., Weeden was one of 35 college quarterbacks working with high school players. There was time, too, to chat with the Mannings and get an early feel for Gruden, whose “QB Camp” analysis of the top NFL draft prospects on ESPN has become a major hit.
“He was a lot of fun,” Weeden said of Gruden. “Great guy. Very intense.
“I hope I get to sit down with him again.”
In California, Dilfer spent time working with Weeden on his balance and staying level in the pocket, trying to curb his tendency to bounce while preparing to throw.
“You never want to quit learning,” Weeden said. “At the quarterback position, you can never perfect it. There's always something you can learn and put to use.”
Don't forget, Weeden passed for 4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns in OSU's first ever 11-win season a year ago.
“He's all about learning,” Dilfer told ESPN earlier last month. “He was already really darn good, and he's gotten better.”
Weeden said he learned from the other college quarterbacks, too. At Pepperdine, he roomed with Boise State's Kellen Moore, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Florida State's EJ Manuel.
“Yeah, I picked their brain, talked football all the time, what we do compared to what other teams do,” Weeden said. “Especially at the Elite 11, we talked football the whole time. Of course, Trent Dilfer, that's all he does is talk football. He lives, eats and breathes it.
“I learned a lot from Kellen Moore. He's not 6-foot-5, and he doesn't have a cannon for an arm. He does it all between the ears. He really helped me out a lot, just watching film and stuff like that.”
So that's how Brandon Weeden spent his summer vacation.
And the Cowboys could be the better for it.