The MVP QB Was In Town Last Week for Two Charity Fundraisers
The 1997 Heisman Trophy runner-up was in Knoxville to do some charity work for a golf tournament which benefits East Tennessee Children's Hospital and Manning's "PeyBack Foundation."
The MVP quarterback was asked about how the current program at Tennessee was progressing and about head coach Butch Jones.
“I really like Butch,” Manning said, per the Associated Press. “I’m a big Butch Jones fan.”
The Volunteers went 5-7 last year in Jones’ first year in Knoxville. He brought in the No. 5 ranked class in the country for 2014 according to Rivals and that recruiting momentum has carried over into 2015. The Volunteers’ 2015 class has 18 verbal commitments and is ranked No. 7 in the country.
Consider Manning impressed with Jones’ recruiting prowess.
“I think it’s going in the right direction,” Manning said. “I think Butch had a lot of work to do when he got here. He’s put in that work. He’s signing some of his players. Every coach wants to have their players. He’s been patient. At the same time, he’s been hard-working, as he was advertised to be. He’s done that. I just see it continuing to get better. I really do.”
Manning planned to workout at the Tennessee football complex for two days of meetings and workouts with the Vols.
Freshman tight end Ethan Wolf, an early enrollee from Minster, Ohio, posted a photo with Manning and his teammates after the workout on his Instagram account last week.
Wolf was asked about catching passes from the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
“Never thought I'd be catching passes from my childhood idol!” Wolf wrote in the photo’s caption.