Thank you again to everyone who made it to the Twitter chat with Archie Manning. We heard great questions from a lot of you. If you missed it, below is a quick transcript of all the questions and answers.
Q1: What did you think of the play of Johnny Manziel this weekend? Have you seen a bigger freshman performance? Via @RAHealey
Manziel was outstanding vs. Bama but he’s been good all year. Tremendous player in TX HS. Playing in Coach Sumlin’s system, he’s a great coach. He has definitely put himself in the Heisman conversation.
Q2: How do you feel about Peyton’s move to Denver? A good move all around? Via @Kerbinkerbin
We were very excited about Peyton and his family moving to Denver. Indy was a great run - a wonderful 14 years. Even though it was a tough decision for Peyton, we think he made a great decision. Denver loves their football!
Q3: Archie, thoughts on Bill Snyder winning Coach of the Year? And Klein for Heisman? Via @MikeTyzzy
Both are strong candidates for both awards. Snyder’s story is great, taking over a dead program at KState and making it successful and then to come back at an older age and do it again is a great story. Klein is having a great year, we saw him this summer at our camp. Not only is he a great QB, he is a great young man.
Q4: If you were playing today, which conference would you be most intimidated by in terms of top to bottom talent? Via @AndrewTeman
I have to say the Southeastern Conference, almost half the teams are in the top 10 of the BCS standings.
Q5: What’s your favorite rivalry in college football?
My favorite rivalry, personally, I love cross state rivalries. Obviously, first one for me is Ole Miss/Miss St., but there are some great ones across the country. I think the most intense rivalry is Auburn/Alabama
Q6: We all know you influenced your sons to play football. Did you have a great coach that inspired you to play, Archie? Via @Sean_Flynn
I had several great coaches that inspired me. My dad loved sports but there were always coaches living in our neighborhood. I grew up by a school and several coaches influenced me and helped me progress in sports.
Q7: Who are your early favorites for Coach of the Year in each division?
My early favorites are Bill Snyder-KState; Brian Kelly-ND; Charlie Strong-Louisville; Chip Kelly-Oregon; and Bill O’Brien-PSU for FBS. For FCS, Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern; Willie Fritz, Sam Houston Stat. For D2 – Todd Knight, Ouachita Baptist and Mike Aldrich, Augustana. For D3 – John Thorne, North Central College and Lonnie Pries – Concordia University.
Q8: What do you think is the greatest play in #CFB history? Via @Sean_Flynn
Great play in #CFB history in my opinion is the California run through the Stanford band
Q9: Hey Archie, do you want your grand kids to play football? via @angelsteve89
If my grand kids have a passion for football, I would love for them to play – even if just junior high or high school level
Q10: What has been your proudest moment in watching your sons excel in the #NFL? via @KishaT
Proudest moment as a dad watching my sons, football wise, it has been their Super Bowl wins. But my proudest moment of my boys to date has been when they each had a children’s hospital named after them
Q11: David Cutcliffe has shaped Peyton and Eli into great QBs. Do you think Duke could be a top-25 team soon?
I think Duke is trending upward. David Cutcliffe has made unbelievable improvements to their program.
Q12: Do you call Eli and Peyton every week to talk about defenses? #zoneread via @angelsteve89
I do not but I do talk to Eli and Peyton every week, just not necessarily about opponents.
Q13: Who are your Heisman Trophy front-runners?
My Heisman front runners: Collin Klein, Kansas State; Manti Te’o, Notre Dame; AJ McCarron, Alabama; Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Q14: For aspiring college and #NFL players, what is the best piece of advice you can give for success in the league? via @KishaT
My best pieces of advice for success at the NFL and college levels – work hard and maintain a positive attitude.
Q15: Regardless of the standings, who do you think is the best team in the country
Not factoring standings, I still think Alabama is the best team in the country.
Q16: National championship prediction? And who do you think will win? via @MikeTyzzy
My national championship prediction – I believe Oregon will edge Kansas State for the national title.