After spending Season 4 on ESPN2, the fifth season of Jon Gruden's "QB Camp" will return to ESPN, debuting on Thurs. March 27 with a special on Johnny Manziel. According to ESPN, most of the remaining specials will air on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. The annual draft rite of passage will feature a total of nine quarterback prospects in a year that has no sure-things at the position.
Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Derek Carr, Fresno
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Aaron Murray, Georgia
So no non-quarterbacks this year. Last season, Gruden hosted three position players who didn't throw footballs for a living, including Manti Te'o. Either that didn't get a great reception, or there just weren't enough Te'o-like prospects in this year's batch. Luke Joeckel and Marcus Lattimore were the other two non-quarterbacks to participate last year, but Joeckel was a favorite to go first overall and Lattimore was battling back from an infamous injury.
One other difference is that the episodes will no longer be shot at Gruden's office in Tampa:
In 2014, QB Camp moves to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort outside Orlando where a new studio replicates Gruden’s Tampa office – affectionately dubbed the Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA), which has been home to QB Camp since its inception. In addition, the 220-acre sports facility’s athletic fields will be used for quarterback workouts.
Look for the full schedule to be released in March.
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