Front & Center: Jon Gruden
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Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden has mentored the likes of Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow the past two years through his in-depth, one-on-one coaching sessions called Gruden’s QB Camp.
The SportsCenter specials have provided ESPN with groundbreaking and innovative content that gives fans a first-hand look inside the film room.
The great news: Gruden’s QB Camp is back for a third season this spring.
Ten of the top quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft class are scheduled to participate, including projected No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck of Stanford and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor. Others include: Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), Nick Foles (Arizona), Case Keenum (Houston), Kellen Moore (Boise State), Brock Osweiler (Arizona State), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State), and Russell Wilson (Wisconsin).
Each quarterback will visit the Super Bowl-winning coach in Tampa for a film session at Gruden’s office – affectionately dubbed the Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA) – followed by an on-field workout at the University of South Florida.
Gruden will prep a custom lesson for each prospect that highlights strengths and identifies areas of improvement for the QB to be successful at the NFL level.
Gruden discusses QB Camp and his expectations for this year in the Front & Center podcast above. Here are dates and times for the specials that begin airing late next month:
|Fri., March 30||7 p.m.||ESPN||SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Andrew Luck|
|Mon., April 2||9 p.m.||ESPN||SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Robert Griffin III|
|Wed., April 11||5 p.m.||ESPNU||Gruden’s QB Camp – Russell Wilson|
|Thurs., April 12||5 p.m.||ESPNU||Gruden’s QB Camp – Kellen Moore|
|Mon., April 16||5 p.m.||ESPNU||Gruden’s QB Camp – Kirk Cousins|
|Tues., April 17||5 p.m.||ESPNU||Gruden’s QB Camp – Case Keenum|
|Wed., April 18||8 p.m.||ESPNU||Gruden’s QB Camp – Brandon Weeden|
|Thurs., April 19||5 p.m.||ESPNU||Gruden’s QB Camp – Brock Osweiler|
|7 p.m.||ESPN||SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – All 10 QBs (one hour)|
|10 p.m.||ESPN 2||SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – All 10 QBs (re-air)|
|Mon., April 23||5 p.m.||ESPNU||Gruden’s QB Camp – Nick Foles|
|Tues., April 24||5 p.m.||ESPNU||Gruden’s QB Camp – Ryan Tannehill|
Note: More 30-minute shows highlighting each of the 10 quarterbacks will be added to ESPNU (dates/times TBD). Additional Gruden’s QB Camp content will be used across ESPN’s multimedia platforms in the lead-up to the 2012 NFL Draft.
UPDATE: The original Andrew Luck show airing changed dates to Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.