"When Beaudry, a redshirt sophomore, got around to checking his phone, he had a message from a Louisiana area code. When he hit play, the voice of Archie Manning greeted him. “He left me a voicemail, and I listened to it and I went like ‘Whoa, let me call you back real quick,’” Beaudry said. “It was unbelievable.” Manning had called to offer Beaudry a spot as a counselor at the 2018 Manning Passing Academy in late June at the Nicholls State campus in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Beaudry would join college stars such as Washington’s Jake Browning, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham in helping more than 1,200 high school players hone their skills. As a counselor, he would also get the opportunity to learn learn from pros, former greats and his peers.
“Just to be with them, to see them and see that they’re just normal people that work extremely hard and they’re just really good at what they do, it makes you realize that I’m nothing different and that I can definitely be that, also,” Beaudry said. “It was valuable stuff. Lots of information to take away.”
Rubbing elbows with pros and other college greats is just one of the perks that comes with leading one of the most successful Division II programs in the country, Beaudry guiding the Argonauts to a 10-4 record in 2017 with an appearance in the national championship game. He completed 55 percent of his passes a year ago for 3,215 yards and 29 touchdowns against 13 interceptions, earning Gulf South Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year honors.
The Manning Passing Academy gave him the opportunity to show doubters across the country that the 6-foot-5, 245-pound signal-caller’s season was no fluke. “It was cool to be there with those guys because they have all the people following them and stuff, and then it’s just kinda me, but it was cool,” Beaudry said. “When we’re out there throwing, I want to be better than they are. That’s just the natural competitor.
“It’s definitely a little chip on your shoulder, but at the same time it was awesome to be recognized as a top Division II guy to be invited.”
You win the lottery. What’s the first thing you buy?
I’m gonna buy a house for my parents up in the mountains ’cause I love the mountains. I’ve been asking them to mover there forever, man, ‘cause we live in Orlando and that’s a big city and I’m more of (an) out-of-the-way kinda guy, so I’m beggin’ ’em to move out there."
I like the quick release. Ball gets to the receiver in a hurry. These tapes show the ability to throw on target and hitting receivers in stride. He does force the ball and looks like he has to square up to throw. Classic drop back passer. Hopefully he has developed sitting out a year. Wasn't initially impressed- after watching the tapes I am now.