2015 NFL DRAFT

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB

School: Eastern Illinois  |  Conference: OVC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 226 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo arrives in New England as the team's highest draft pick at the position since Drew Bledsoe was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. As a second-round selection, but from a smaller school like Eastern Illinois he'll clearly be given time to develop in the shadows of Tom Brady. But, for the first time head coach Bill Belichick acknowledged that the depth chart at quarterback is being formulated with the idea in mind that Brady won't be manning the starting role forever. "With the situation we have at quarterback, I think that we felt as an organization that we needed to address that to some degree in the future, so we'll see how all that works out but I think you're better off being early than late at that position," Belichick said after the Garoppolo selection.

Ryan Mallett has been Brady's backup for the past two seasons, but is heading into the final year of the rookie deal he signed as a third-round pick in 2011. Garoppolo clearly has a chance to vie for the primary backup job within a year and maybe much more than that down the road in Foxborough. "We know what Ryan's contract situation is. We know what Tom's age and contract situation is," Belichick said. "I don't think you want to have one quarterback on your team. I don't think that's responsible to the entire team or the organization." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 2/62 - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 6-2, 226, Eastern Illinois...New England spent plenty of time working out quarterbacks prior to the draft and then targeted the highly productive Garoppolo as the man to likely replace Ryan Mallett as Tom Brady's backup and, down the road, maybe ascend to a potentially even greater role. Garoppolo has a quick release and good accuracy, but will have to transition from a lower level to the far more complex passing game in New England and the pro defenses he'll face. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Garoppolo will now be backing up a guy he's followed pretty closely from afar. The second-round pick was clearly excited to be joining a depth chart behind Brady. "He was always the guy I emulated my game after," Garoppolo said of his favorite player. "It's crazy being able to go to Boston and learn from Tom, learn from coach Belichick and all the coaches and all the players. It's a great opportunity for a guy like me, a young player. I still have a lot to learn and I know that and I'm excited about it."

Garoppolo's situation in New England has drawn some comparisons to Aaron Rodgers' time backing up Bret Favre in Green Bay. The young passer is aware of how that worked out for the eager understudy. "I remember when that happened, (Rodgers) sitting in the draft room and everything - he waited a little while. It's a very similar scenario and it worked out very well for Aaron, so hopefully it will work out the same way for me," Garoppolo said. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 47/6. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois, 6-2, 226, 4.94, 2...Garoppolo created a buzz as he broke all of Tony Romo's career school records, as well as all of the Ohio Valley Conference passing records. Won the Walter Payton Award in 2013 after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns. His career totals include 13,156 yards passing, 118 touchdowns in a pass-happy, shotgun offense that has not helped prepare him for the NFL. Frankly: Garoppolo can find receivers and fire the ball on target faster than you can say his name. Lighting release and frozen rope medium distance sideline passes are reminiscent of Dan Marino's lasers. This despite concerns about his size, short arms and small hands. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 49. Jimmy Garoppolo QB, Eastern Illinois (6-2, 226, 4.97, SR)...Although he struggles with pressure, Garoppolo has the quick process needed to get the ball out in a hurry with a snap release and strong understanding of the offense. He wins with his intelligence to retain and digest information with ease and execute on the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Tennessee's draft radar: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois: Whisenhunt is an offensive-minded coach and although Locker is still under contract, many expect the Titans new coach to find a quarterback he can develop and compete for the starting job in the not-so-distant future. Tennessee has done its homework on several quarterback prospects in this class, including Garoppolo, who could very easily still be on the board when the Titans pick in the second round. The former EIU passer operated from a mostly shotgun spread attack in college and benefited from a lot of quick-strike throws, setting numerous records at the FCS level. Garoppolo is a very efficient and a smart passer with lightning quickness between the time he takes the snap, makes a decision and gets the ball out of his hand. He lacks elite arm strength, but is more than adequate in this area and isn't afraid to test small windows. Garoppolo is appealing as a next level quarterback because of his eye use, timing and overall intellectual process as a passer, making him a possible fit in Tennessee. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 57. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois, 6-2, 219, 4.78, 2...Created a buzz as he broke all of Tony Romo's career school records, as well as all of the Ohio Valley Conference passing records. Won the Walter Payton Award in 2013 after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns. His career totals include 13,156 yards passing, 118 touchdowns. Garoppollo overcomes a lack height and arm strength with quick thinking and good understanding of his pass-happy offense. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl Tuesday...While Carr is the top quarterback on the South roster, Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been the next-most-impressive at the position and, in my opinion, is the second-best quarterback in Mobile. He doesn't have elite arm strength, but his velocity is good enough and it has been noticeably better than the arm strength of San Jose State QB David Fales, the other quarterback on the South team. Garoppolo started to build some momentum in St. Petersburg last week at the East-West Shrine Game and it's continuing here at the Senior Bowl. He projects as a solid second day draft choice and a future starter in a year or two in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...2. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continued the positive momentum he'd gained from the East-West Shrine Game with an impressive initial practice. While he does not possess Carr's howitzer, Garoppolo has a very quick set-up and release and frequently threw led his receivers away from defenders, showing better ball-placement than Carr on several of his throws. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/20/2014 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, QUARTERBACK: Arrow pointing up: Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois...After a record-breaking career at the FCS-level, Garoppolo impressed NFL teams last week at the East-West Shrine Game and will look to do the same this week in Mobile. He doesn't have a cannon for an arm, but his eye use, quick release and intellectual process is top shelf. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/18/2014 - Jimmy Garoppolo threw a short second-quarter touchdown pass and Nevin Lawson returned a fourth-quarter fumble 5 yards for another TD to lead the East to a 23-13 victory in the 89th East-West Shrine game on Saturday. Coastal Carolina's Matt Hazel scored on the 1-yard scoring pass from Garoppolo, the Eastern Illinois standout who completed nine of 14 passes for 100 yards and no interceptions. Arkansas' Zach Hocker kicked three field goals for the East, including a 56-yarder that snapped a 13-13 tie early in the fourth quarter. Nevin Lawson, a cornerback from Utah State, scooped up a fumble forced by Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson to put the East up 23-13 with 9:38 to go.

Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois started at quarterback for the East and threw a pair of first-quarter interceptions while also failing to get his team into the end zone after Ball State's Keith Wenning lost a fumble for the West on the second play of the game. Hoping to capitalize on the quick turnover, Lynch overthrew potential scoring passes to Michigan's Jeremy Gallon and Miami's Allen Hurns before the East settled for a 31-yard field goal. Two of his next three passes were intercepted by Arizona State's Alden Darby and Arizona's Shaquille Richardson. More than 100 players from last winter's East-West game wound up in NFL camps, and this year's participants were hoping to make the most of an opportunity to showcase their skills for pro scouts. Lynch, who finished 2 of 7 passing for 3 yards, was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2013 and led Northern Illinois to a BCS bowl berth as a junior and a 24-4 record in two years as a starter. - AP Sports

01/18/2014 - PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE SHRINE GAME: Garoppolo puts exclamation point on strong week...1. Gah-ropp-ah-low. If you don't know already, that's the correct pronunciation of Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who led the East squad past the West, 23-13, in the 89th East-West Shrine Game. Garoppolo earned MVP honors for his performance and it's important to learn his name because his NFL Draft arrow is pointing up. Entering the week, Garoppolo was my top NFL prospect participating in the Florida-based all-star game. And he'll leave St. Petersburg with that same distinction after a very positive week. He finished Saturday's game 9-for-14 for 100 yards and a second quarter touchdown pass to Coastal Carolina WR Matt Hazel and put an exclamation point on a productive week.

Garoppolo was the most impressive quarterback during practice, showing off his quick eyes, snap delivery and live arm to get the ball out and complete passes down the field. He scans the field well and his timing and overall intellectual process are above average as a passer. According to reports, Garoppolo will replace Alabama's A.J. McCarron in next week's Senior Bowl in Mobile. Although he's not the tallest (6-foot-2) and lacks elite arm strength, Garoppolo is extremely quick and efficient through his delivery and process. He entered the Shrine Game week as a projected 2nd-3rd round pick and only helped himself in the eyes of NFL scouts. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Garoppolo sneak into the top-50 picks on draft weekend. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/13/2014 - 2014 SHRINE GAME: TOP-10 PROSPECTS TO WATCH: 1. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois (6-2, 222, 4.78, #10)...The quarterback who broke most of Tony Romo's school passing records, Garoppolo is much more than a funny looking last name. He isn't the biggest and lacks a huge arm, but he has an above average understanding of offensive football and uses his quick eyes and touch to push the ball downfield. Garoppolo is not only considered the top quarterback in this game, but he might be the best overall prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/13/2014 - 2014 Shrine Game: Monday Practice Report...While he doesn't have the arm strength of Cornell QB Jeff Mathews, Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo showed off what he does well on Monday. He was quick in his set-up, delivery and timing to quickly scan the field and get the ball out of his hand before the rush gets to him. Garoppolo doesn't have an elite arm, but he snaps off better velocity than expected with touch to give his receivers a catchable ball. Different teams will prefer Garopollo's style, while others will lean towards Mathews, but both had a positive first day at East-West Shrine Game practices. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2014 - 2013 FCS ATHLETIC DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (FCS ADA) OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jimmy Garoppolo...2013 Walter Payton Award Winner ... Led all Division I players in passing yards (5,050) and TD passes (53) ... Set OVC season and career records for passing yards, total offense and touchdowns ... Recorded 11 games with 300-plus yards and 5 games with 400-plus yards; threw multiple touchdowns in 13 of 14 games, including 10 games with 3 or more TD passes. Only 9 interceptions in 568 attempts ... Ranks 3rd on the FCS single-season passing touchdowns list, 6th on the career passing touchdowns list, 2nd on the single-season passing yards list and 7th on the career passing yards list. - Eastern Illinois football

01/03/2014 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, Sr.,...2013 Walter Payton Award Winner ... Led all Division I players in passing yards (5,050) and TD passes (53) ... Set OVC season and career records for passing yards, total offense and touchdowns ... Recorded 11 games with 300-plus yards and 5 games with 400-plus yards; threw multiple touchdowns in 13 of 14 games, including 10 games with 3 or more TD passes. - Eastern Illinois football

12/30/2013 - 2013 AFCA FCS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Sr., Eastern Illinois,...Garoppolo was the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner as he earned first team All-American honors this season. Garoppolo led all quarterbacks with 5,050 yards passing and 53 touchdowns. The passing total was second all-time on the FCS single season list while the 53 touchdowns were the third most in FCS single season history. Garoppolo finished his career holding every EIU and Ohio Valley Conference passing record and ranked sixth on the FCS career touchdown passes list and seventh on the career passing yards list. - Eastern Illinois football

12/30/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, Sr., Arlington Heights, IL,...Garoppolo was the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner as he earned first team All-American honors this season. Garoppolo led all quarterbacks with 5,050 yards passing and 53 touchdowns. The passing total was second all-time on the FCS single season list while the 53 touchdowns were the third most in FCS single season history. - Eastern Illinois football

12/16/2013 - Eastern Illinois QB Garoppolo wins Payton Award...Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo won the 2013 Walter Payton Award. The honor is the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for Football Championship Subdivision athletes. Garoppolo finished ahead of Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams and Towson running back Terrance West. Eastern Washington and Towson, which knocked off Garoppolo's Panthers last week, meet in the FCS semifinals Saturday in Cheney, Wash. "I'm happy for Jimmy, his family and his teammates for all the success he has had on the field this season and these types of awards are rightly deserved," coach Dino Babers said.

Garoppolo set school records for touchdowns in a season (53), single-season passing yards (4,489) and led the FCS in both categories. He also leaves EIU with the career passing yards record, and joins former EIU quarterback Tony Romo as the only Ohio Valley Conference players named Payton Award winners. Romo won the award in 2002.

Garoppolo could be invited to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., in January. He is the sixth-ranked quarterback prospect in a deep 2014 NFL Draft class and 70th overall, according to NFLDraftScout.com, which offers this evaluation of the 6-3, 220-pounder: "Good-sized, rhythm quarterback with excellent accuracy, timing and a quick release that really helps him be efficient from the pocket. Sets up quickly and shows good lower-body movement skills to evade pressure and deliver from different platforms." - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2013 - 2013 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WINNER: Heads up, Tony Romo, there is another Eastern Illinois quarterback coming to the NFL. And Jimmy Garoppolo is bringing his Walter Payton Award with him. Monday night, Garoppolo became the second Payton Award winner from the Ohio Valley Conference school, following in Romo's footsteps, by outdistancing Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams and Towson running back Terrance West in the voting for FCS outstanding player honors.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound senior, perhaps the leading offensive candidate from the FCS for the 2014 NFL Draft, gained just over half of the first-place votes - 74 of 147 - and 576 points from a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Adams was second with 446 points and West third with 370. Garoppolo was spectacular during the regular season when Eastern Illinois went 11-1, won a second straight outright OVC championship and was ranked No. 2 in the nation, losing only to FBS member Northern Illinois by four points.

He ranked first in the FCS in passing yards (4,489), passing yards per game (374.1) and touchdown passes (48), second in total offense (377.9 yards per game) and points responsible for (25.8 per game), third in passing efficiency (170.6), and fourth in completions per game (26.7). An easy choice for OVC offensive player of the year, Garoppolo threw for seven touchdowns against Illinois State and six against both Northern Illinois and UT Martin. He even caught a touchdown against Jacksonville State. - Eastern Illinois football

12/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jimmy Garoppolo was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year after leading the nation in passing yards and touchdown passes this season. Entering the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs, Garoppolo is third all-time on the FCS single season list with 4,729 yards and 51 touchdowns. Garoppolo leads all Division I quarterbacks at both the FCS and FBS levels in those categories. This season he has set the OVC and EIU single season and career records for every passing category and currently ranks seventh all-time in FCS history in passing yards and touchdown passes. - Eastern Illinois football

12/13/2013 - Garoppolo isn't the only reason EIU is where it is, but he's a big part of it. Playing at the school where both Tony Romo and Sean Payton were quarterbacks, the senior from Arlington Heights, Ill., has set school records for everything from touchdown passes in a season (51, 17 more than No. 2 on the list, Romo in 2002) to yards passing (4,729). The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Garoppolo has been sacked 16 times while dropping back to pass on 518 plays. That's one sack for every 32.4 pass plays. The line gets some of the credit, the coach said, but the quarterback does, too. Outside of former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, "he's got the fastest release I've seen in coaching 29 years of football." - AP Sports

12/07/2013 - 2013 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Garoppolo played some of his best games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, including 361 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-19 win over San Diego State and 450 yards and six touchdowns in a four-point loss at currently undefeated and nationally-ranked foe Northern Illinois (in a game EIU led 20-0 in the first quarter). In three wins over nationally-ranked FCS opponents, Garoppolo combined for 1,059 yards and 13 passing touchdowns. He was named FCS National Player of the Week three during the season and OVC Player of the Week a record-tying seven times (bringing his career total to nine, which also tied the OVC all-time mark).

Garoppolo also ran for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass during the year. Entering the postseason he ranks eighth in NCAA FCS history in career passing touchdowns (113), ninth in career passing yards (12,595) and 12th in career total offense (12,530). Garoppolo is the fourth different Eastern Illinois player to win the Offensive Player of the Year award, joining quarterback Tony Romo (who won the award three-straight years from 2000-02), running back Vincent Webb (2006) and wide receiver, and current teammate, Erik Lora (2012). - OVC football

12/07/2013 - 2013 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB), Eastern Illinois...Garoppolo put together one of the best seasons ever by an OVC quarterback as he now holds nearly every major season and career Conference passing record and will continue to add to those totals as his team participates in the playoffs. The senior carried Eastern Illinois to a No. 2 national ranking, 11-1 overall record (including a win over FBS San Diego State to start the season) and a perfect 8-0 OVC record as the Panthers won its seventh OVC Championship. In 12 regular season games the Walter Payton Award finalist passed for more yards and touchdowns than any player at the Division I level (FBS or FCS).

He currently has 4,489 passing yards (fifth in NCAA FCS single-season history and just 587 yards away from the record) and 48 touchdowns (third in NCAA FCS history and just eight away from the record). He directed the EIU offense to a No. 1 rank nationally in total offense (599.1 yards/game) and scoring offense (48.8 points/game). Despite the fact his team won games by an average margin of 29.9 points/contest and he was often taken out in the second half of games when his team had huge leads (23 of his 48 touchdowns came in the first quarter and 34 were in the first half this season), Garoppolo threw for 400 or more yards in five contests, including a season-high 480 yards (to go along with seven touchdowns) in a victory over rival Illinois State. In five other games he had over 300 yards passing and he threw multiple touchdowns in all but one game this season. - OVC football

12/07/2013 - Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Illinois crushed Tennessee State 51-10 in the second round of the FBC playoffs Saturday. Eastern Illinois (12-1) will face Towson next week, which beat Fordham 48-28 earlier in the day. The Panthers built a 16-0 first quarter lead on a Taylor Duncan 3-yard TD run, a Cameron Berra 25-yard field goal and Garoppolo's first touchdown pass, a 20-yard strike to Erik Lora. They never looked back.

Garoppolo connected with Jeff LePak from six yards out and Adam Drake (6 catches, 95 yards) for a 4-yard TD in the second quarter, while Anthony Goodman recovered a blocked punt for a score in the frame. Eastern led 37-0 at the half. Shepard Little, who ran for 184 yards, scored on an 18-yard carry early in the third and added an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth. - AP Sports

12/04/2013 - 2013 WALTER PAYTON AWARD FINALIST: JIMMY GAROPPOLO, EASTERN ILLINOIS, QUARTERBACK, SENIOR...Depending on how you look at it, Garoppolo made it either hard or easy for Ohio Valley Conference voters to select their offensive player of the week throughout the season. They could have searched far and wide each week to try and find a winner other than the Eastern Illinois senior quarterback. Or they could have looked to the unstoppable force and accepted the obvious. That Garoppolo really was great week after week after.

He was selected as the OVC's weekly award winner an incredible seven times, tying the conference record. Now as the national honors continue to flow in, Garoppolo is hoping to join Tony Romo as a Walter Payton Award recipient from Eastern Illinois. The Dallas Cowboys star was named the outstanding player in the FCS in 2002. "Jimmy has had the best season from a college quarterback that I have ever seen, with the exception of maybe Robert Griffin when he won the Heisman at Baylor," said EIU coach Dino Babers, in his second season since arriving from Baylor. "He is the engine that makes us go." - SportsNetwork

12/04/2013 - 2013 WALTER PAYTON AWARD FINALIST: JIMMY GAROPPOLO, EASTERN ILLINOIS, QUARTERBACK, SENIOR...Garoppolo has collected numerous season and career records both at EIU and in the OVC. In the regular season, Eastern Illinois forged an 11-1 record, didn't lose to an FCS school and won a second straight outright conference title while the 6-foot-3, 222-pound NFL prospect out of Arlington Heights, Ill., directed the nation's most potent offense. He ranked first in the FCS in passing yards (4,489), passing yards per game (374.1) and touchdown passes (48), second in total offense (377.9 yards per game) and points responsible for (25.8 per game), third in passing efficiency (170.6), and fourth in completions per game (26.7). - SportsNetwork

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, threw for 477 yards and six TDs in a 70-22 rout over Tennessee-Martin. - AP Sports

11/29/2013 - Besides Murray being held out for much of the pre-draft process, the other implication of his injury will be an opening on the Senior Bowl roster for another quarterback to get a chance. Thus far, Fresno State QB Derek Carr has been the only prospect at the position to have publically accepted his invitation. With five roster spots left, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, LSU QB Zach Mettenberger, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Miami QB Stephen Morris and Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas are six senior passers to watch for those five roster spots. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FCS OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois)...Despite playing without two of his top three wide receivers, Garoppolo had another monster game, passing for 477 yards and six touchdowns in just a little over two and a half quarters as No. 2 Eastern Illinois improved to 11-1 on the season and a perfect 8-0 in the OVC with a 70-22 victory at UT Martin.

The Walter Payton Award candidate threw touchdown passes of 33, 35, 9 and 40 yards in the first quarter alone and added a 51-yard touchdown pass prior to halftime to give the Panthers a 47-9 advantage. He added a 55-yard score in the third quarter before being lifted from the game. Garoppolo continues to lead all Division I players (FBS or FCS) with 4,489 passing yards and 48 touchdowns. - Eastern Illinois football/College Football Performance Awards

11/24/2013 - Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 477 yards and six touchdowns as Eastern Illinois dominated University of Tennessee at Martin 70-22 Saturday. Garoppolo completed 26 of 46 attempts with Adam Drake pulling in 14 for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Jeff LePak grabbed seven passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Shepard Little rushed for 123 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns. Garoppolo threw for three touchdowns in the first quarter and had four touchdown tosses by halftime. He threw seven touchdown passes in a game against Illinois State earlier this season.

Eastern Illinois (11-1, 8-0 Ohio Valley Conference) clinched the OVC regular season championship with a 52-14 win over Jacksonville State last week and the 11 victories in a season is a school record. UTM (7-5, 5-3) did not score until Jarod Neal passed to Jeremy Butler from 28 yards out in the second quarter. - AP Sports

11/16/2013 - Running back Shepard Little ran for 245 yards on 26 carries, scored three touchdowns and threw for another - all in the first quarter - as Eastern Illinois defeated Jacksonville State 52-14 to wrap up the outright Ohio Valley Conference championship on Saturday. The Panthers (10-1, 7-0) claimed their fifth outright title.

Jimmy Garoppolo passed New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton to become EIU's single-season passing leader, reaching 4,012 yards despite a season-low 169 against the Gamecocks (8-3, 4-3). Still, he threw for two touchdowns. There wasn't much need for a passing game as Little led a rushing attack that rolled up 413 yards. Jimmy Lera added 111 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. The game was virtually over after a school-record 35-point first quarter in which Little ran for two scores, caught a TD pass and threw to Garoppolo for another score. Jacksonville State lost three fumbles. - AP Sports

11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, threw for 399 yards and four TDs in a 56-21 win over Tennessee Tech. - AP Sports

11/02/2013 - Jimmy Garoppolo threw four touchdowns on 399 yards passing, guiding Eastern Illinois to a 56-21 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday. The Panthers (8-1, 5-0 Ohio Valley Conference) maintained sole possession of first place in the conference, handing Tennessee Tech (3-7, 0-6) its fifth loss in a row. Garoppolo had four touchdown passes for the sixth time this season, including two first-quarter touchdown passes to Erik Lora. The Panthers built a 28-7 halftime advantage before adding four more touchdowns in the second half.

Lora caught 12 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the game. The special teams unit also produced offense for Eastern Illinois, as Shepard Little returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Lora added a punt return touchdown of 80 yards in the third quarter. Jared Davis threw three touchdowns on 183 yards passing to lead the Golden Eagles. - AP Sports

10/28/2013 - OCT 28 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo set the OVC single-season touchdown passes record as No. 2 Eastern Illinois stayed perfect in the OVC with a 34-16 victory over No. 21 Tennessee State in Nashville. Against the No. 2 ranked defense nationally, Garoppolo completed 24-of-41 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns and helped the Panthers rack up 567 yards of total offense in the game (200 yards more than TSU had given up to any other team this season). His fourth touchdown of the game was the 35th of the season for the Walter Payton Award candidate, breaking the previous OVC single-season record of 34 set by Tony Romo in 2002 (when he won the Payton Award). Garoppolo also set the OVC career record for pass attempts in the game and now has 1,432 attempts for his career.

Garoppolo continues to rank first nationally in both passing yards (3,145) and touchdowns (35); the 35 touchdowns are the most of any Division I player (FBS or FCS). It marks the sixth time this season Garoppolo has been named OVC Offensive Player of the Week, which is one off the OVC record held by Ryan Perrilloux (2009); Garoppolo has earned the award eight times in his career, one off the record held by three players (Perrilloux, Romo and EKU's Markus Thomas). Others Nominated: JJ Jude, Eastern Kentucky; DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State; Tim Broughton, Tennessee State; Jeremy Butler, UT Martin. - OVC football

10/28/2013 - The top teams in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 have been raising their play for what they hope will turn into championship seasons. There was only one loss among Top 10 teams this past Saturday, and that was the result of a matchup within the Top 10. Otherwise, the top eight teams won important conference matchups while No. 9 Fordham was idle. Seven ranked teams outside the Top 10 fell in their games, however, so there was plenty of movement there in Monday's new poll, which continues to be led by two-time defending national champion North Dakota State.

Four weeks of action remain in the regular season. Eleven conference champions and 13 at-large selections will advance to this year's expanded 24-team FCS playoff bracket, which will be announced by the NCAA on Nov. 24. North Dakota State (8-0) could top that field the way it has been atop the rankings all season. The Bison blew out Indiana State, 56-10, on Saturday to take sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Coach Craig Bohl's squad collected all 159 first-place votes and 3,975 points in Monday's rankings.

Second-ranked Eastern Illinois (7-1) is coming off one of the weekend's bigger wins, as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo solved the Tennessee State defense for a 34-16 Ohio Valley Conference triumph. Third-ranked Eastern Washington (6-2) kept pace atop the Big Sky Conference standings with a 42-37 win at then-No. 10 Montana. - Sports Network

10/26/2013 - Jimmy Garoppolo threw four touchdowns to lead Eastern Illinois to a crushing 34-16 victory over Tennessee State in a shootout for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference on Saturday night. Eastern Illinois (7-1, 4-0 OVC) had 567 total offensive yards. Garoppolo was 24-of-41 for 410 yards. Wide receivers Keiondre Gober and Jeff LePak each had over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Shephard Little ran for 138 yards and a touchdown.

The Panthers held Tennessee State (7-2, 4-1) to a single field goal until early in the fourth quarter when the Tigers' Ronald Butler connected with Weldon Garlington for a touchdown to tighten the score to 28-10. Eastern Illinois expanded their lead on a 25-yard Garoppolo TD pass to LePak but missed the extra point. TSU mounted one last scoring drive with five minutes left in the game, culminating in another Butler TD pass and a 34-10 final. - AP Sports

10/21/2013 - Offense versus defense. Defense versus offense. If it sounds like the perfect story line for a college football game, it should be when Eastern Illinois visits Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference matchup of the season on Saturday. The showdown will be one of five conference matchups pitting ranked FCS teams against each other this weekend. On Monday, Eastern Illinois (6-1, 3-0 OVC) moved up one spot to No. 2 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 - the Panthers' highest ranking since they were in the same position in the Nov. 18, 2002 poll, back when quarterback Tony Romo was at the controls of the offense. Tennessee State (7-1, 4-0) rose three spots to No. 21.

The only team ahead of EIU was North Dakota State, the two-time defending FCS champion, which gained all 156 first-place votes and 3,900 points in the poll. The Bison have a 7-0 record and are tied with Youngstown State atop the Missouri Valley Football Conference standings. Eastern Illinois and Tennessee State are the only unbeaten teams in OVC play, but they have done so in different fashion. EIU, behind senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has thrown for an FCS-high 2,735 yards and 31 touchdowns, leads the FCS in both scoring offense (48 points per game) and total offense (595.6 yards per game). - Sports Network

10/21/2013 - OCT 21 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo earned his fifth OVC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the 2013 season after leading No. 3 Eastern Illinois to a 55-33 victory over Southeast Missouri and becoming the OVC career leader in total offense in the process. The Walter Payton Award candidate completed 22-of-30 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns and increased his career total offense output to 10,741 yards, passing Murray State's Casey Brockman for first all-time. Garoppolo also increased his career passing yards total to 10,841, passing current New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for the school record and moving him into 19th place on the FCS career list.

The senior opened the game 10-for-10 with two touchdown strikes and 254 yards as EIU jumped out to a 27-6 lead after one quarter. Garoppolo now has 96 career touchdown passes, which ranks 14th in FCS history; he has also now passed for 200 or more yards in the first half of all seven EIU games this season. Garoppolo ranks first nationally in total offense (394.9 yards/game), total passing yards (2,735) and passing touchdowns (31). Others Nominated: Jared McClain, Eastern Kentucky; Jaamal Berry, Murray State; Ronald Butler, Tennessee State; Jeremy Butler, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley football

10/19/2013 - Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns to lead Eastern Illinois to a 55-33 win over Southeast Missouri State Saturday. Adam Drake, 138 yards with one touchdown and Erik Lora, 131 yards and one TD, were Garoppolo's main targets. Garoppolo found Lora on a 60-yard scoring strike the first time the Panthers had the ball. On the first play on their next possession Garoppolo found Drake for an 82-yard score to put Eastern Illinois out front 14-0.

The Panthers then went to their ground game as Shephard Little scored three times to give them a 41-20 lead at the half. Little and Taylor Duncan accounted for four touchdowns and 238 rushing yards as Eastern Illinois (6-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference) amassed 665 total yards. The Redhawks (1-6, 1-3) scored on a Scott Lathrop to Spencer Davis pass from the 15 to make it 14-6 in the first quarter. - AP Sports

10/15/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 7 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES THIS WEEKEND: Garoppolo is a good-sized, rhythm quarterback with excellent accuracy, timing and a quick release that really helps him be efficient from the pocket. He sets up quickly and shows good lower body movement skills to evade pressure and deliver from different platforms. Garoppolo will get dinged by some teams for his "ordinary" arm strength and probably won't be a fit for every team, although he sure looks like he can make all the necessary throws in the NFL. He grades as a top-100 prospect for several with one scout telling me first round is a real possibility. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/15/2013 - Like Babers, Garoppolo's stock is skyrocketing. Babers said when he first arrived he had three people inside the EIU program tell him Garoppolo couldn't play in his system. "They thought I needed an option QB," Babers huffed. "My point was, they don't know my system. As soon as I saw him throw five passes in the spring I knew he was my guy. "Jimmy's got the fastest release I've ever seen. He's super competitive and intelligent. He's gotten so much better with the speed of the game and being a coach on the field." Babers has given Garoppolo the freedom to run the offense at the line this season. "He deserves to get the keys to the Cadillac at night. The guy's gotten so much better, it's ridiculous." On the season, Garoppolo has thrown 28 TDs and four INTs. "The system is not the easiest thing in the world to learn," he said. "It probably took me a year and half before I was comfortable with it. The cool thing about it, is the offense never stays the same. First, it's a caterpillar and then it's a butterfly and then...It's always green and grown." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/15/2013 - How explosive is the Baylor system? Try this: the Bears attack not only leads FBS in offense this season, it also lead FCS too. Huh? "We're like the Baylor Junior Varsity," Eastern Illinois coach Dino Babers told me Saturday. "Everything that Baylor does, we do. You can't look at us and not see Baylor." Babers, Eastern Illinois' second-year coach, spent four seasons on Art Briles' staff at Baylor. Four career-changing seasons.

Prior to Babers' time in Waco, he'd been an OC in the Pac-10 (Arizona) and in the Big 12 (Texas A&M), but after four seasons at UCLA, he was unsure if he was going to stay on the staff. In 2008, he went to the Coaches Convention in hopes of lining something up. He'd interviewed with Urban Meyer for a wide receiver job at Florida, and then met with Briles. "I'd been in [the coaching business] for 22 years before I met Art," said Babers, counting up that he was on 11 different college coaching staffs before linking up with Briles. "He changed my thinking. I never met a man like that before. He's so positive. So forward in his offensive thinking. He's completely committed to what he's doing and he gets people to drink the Kool-Aid." Babers guzzled that Kool-Aid. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/15/2013 - Eastern Illinois is averaging 584 yards per game, more than 40 yards better than the next most prolific offense in FCS. The Panthers (5-1) started off the season with a bang, thumping FBS San Diego State on the road, 40-19. Their lone loss was a 43-39 defeat against unbeaten NIU. Babers' QB, 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jimmy Garoppolo, threw for 800 yards and nine TDs and only two INTs in the games against FBS opponents. Babers says there's a lot of misconceptions about the Baylor system. He points to comments former colleague Nick Holt, then the DC at Washington, made before the 2011 Alamo Bowl. "Nick and I were on the same staff at UNLV once, and I saw he said, '[Baylor] is exactly like Oregon.' I felt so bad for him. I'm thinking, 'If you play us like Oregon, God bless you.' "

Baylor ended up scoring 67 points and rolling up 777 yards on Holt's defense. Holt was fired soon after. "The biggest thing about what we do is that no one really understands what we do," Babers said. "People really think it's like Oregon. It's nothing like Oregon. We throw the ball horizontal and vertical. I see us as throwing team. I see Oregon as more of a play-action throwing team. We don't have to play action to throw it." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/15/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 7 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES THIS WEEKEND: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois...A quarterback prospect who isn't quite as well-known, Garoppolo has been creating a little bit of a buzz in NFL circles over the last few months. And his productive senior season has only helped those whispers grow louder and louder. Garoppolo is completing 65.9% of his passes (172-for-261) with 2,359 passing yards and a notable 28-to-4 TD-to-INT ratio, leading Eastern Illinois to a 5-1 record this season. He has faced two FBS-level defenses in 2013 (Northern Illinois, San Diego State) and answered both challenges with impressive performances: 65-for-95 (68.4%) for 711 yards, nine touchdown and two interceptions. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/11/2013 - Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns and broke Sean Payton's school record for total offense in Eastern Illinois' 63-7 victory over winless Austin Peay on Thursday night. Garoppolo has 10,344 yards of total offense. Payton, the New Orleans Saints' coach, had 10,298. Erik Lora had five catches for 133 yards and three touchdowns, the longest a 66-yarder that capped the scoring in the fourth quarter, for the Panthers (5-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley). Taylor Duncan ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

Tim Phillips ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Governors (0-6, 0-2). Eastern Illinois scored 27 first-quarter points. Duncan broke through for a 27-yard touchdown run in first 2 minutes, and scored from a yard out with 8:15 to go. Garoppolo threw a 43-yard scoring pass to Shepard Little, and added a 35-yarder to Lora with 33 seconds left in the quarter. The Panthers led 42-0 at halftime. Garoppolo scored on a 1-yard run late in the second quarter, and threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Lora only 50 seconds later. - AP Sports

10/01/2013 - WEEK 5 SENIOR BOWL SENIOR OF THE WEEK: Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns to lead Eastern past Eastern Kentucky, 42-7, and stake its claim as the top team in the Ohio Valley Conference. Statistically, it wasn't close to his best performance of the season. Earlier in the season, he torched San Diego State for 361 yards and three scores, then followed that with even better games against Southern Illinois (440 yards, four TDs) and Illinois State (480 yards, seven TDs).

For his efforts on Saturday - and the entire season so far - Garoppolo is the Senior Bowl Senior of the Week. Garoppolo has been a four-year starter for Eastern Illinois and recently passed New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to become the school's career leader in completions. He has 79 career TD passes, six away from tying Tony Romo's school record of 85. - SeniorBowl.com

09/29/2013 - SEPT 30 OHIO VALLEY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Sr., Arlington Heights, Ill., Eastern Illinois,...Garoppolo became the OVC career leader in touchdown passes and passing yards in leading No. 8 Eastern Illinois to a dominating 42-7 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. The Walter Payton Award candidate completed 26-of-39 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns and continues to lead all Division I players (FBS or FCS) with 2,053 passing yards and 23 touchdowns in 2013. In the first quarter he threw his 86th career touchdown pass to pass former EIU All-American and current Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo for the OVC record (he now has 88 touchdown passes which is 22nd in NCAA FCS history).

In the second quarter he passed Murray State's Casey Brockman for the career passing yards mark, and also became the first OVC player and just 30th player in FCS history to go over 10,000 passing yards; Garoppolo now has 10,159 passing yards and also went over 10,000 yards of total offense (10,032). This marks the fourth-straight week Garoppolo has been named OVC Offensive Player of the Week, becoming the first player to do so since the 2009 season (JSU's Ryan Perrilloux). Others Nominated: DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State; Maikhail Miller, Murray State; Tim Broughton, Tennessee State; DJ McNeil, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley football

09/28/2013 - Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Illinois thrashed Eastern Kentucky, 42-7, in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both schools. Garoppolo, who completed 26 of 39 attempts, combined with Keiondre Gober on 30-and 40-yard touchdown passes in the first and third quarters, respectively, and threw a 21-yard score to Jeff LePak as the Panthers (4-1, 1-0 Ohio Valley) built a 35-0 lead at halftime. EIU was a combined 35 of 52 through the air for 407 yards and four touchdowns.

Anthony Goodman scooped up a Jared McClain fumble and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to cap the first-half rout. Six runners combined to gain 169 yards on the ground for the Colonels (2-3, 0-1 Ohio Valley), who avoided the shutout with a 14-play, 75-yard drive that saw Caleb Watkins score from the 3 with 3:33 left in the game. - AP Sports

09/22/2013 - SEPT 23 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo tossed six touchdown passes to tie the OVC career mark as Eastern Illinois came up just short at last year's Orange Bowl participant Northern Illinois, falling 43-39. The senior completed 34-of-49 passes for 450 yards and the six touchdowns, including three to All-American Erik Lora. Garoppolo threw touchdown passes of 14, 43 and 13 yards in the first quarter, 33 yards in the third quarter and 15 and 10 yards in the fourth quarter. The 10-yard strike to Lora with 9:53 to play was the 85th of his career, tying him with current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo for the EIU and OVC career record.

The senior started the game by going 13-of-16 for 180 yards and three touchdowns on the team's first three drives as the Panthers jumped out to a 20-0 advantage. Garoppolo leads all FCS players in passing yards (1,731) and touchdown passes (20) as well as ranking first nationally in total offense (430.0 yards/game) and passing yards/game (432.8 yards/game). Garoppolo also owns three of the top nine single-game passing yard totals of the 2013 season. This marks the third-straight week he has been named OVC Offensive Player of the Week, becoming the first player to do that since the 2010 season (Southeast Missouri's Henry Harris). Others Nominated: JJ Jude, Eastern Kentucky; DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State; Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri; A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State. - OVC football

09/16/2013 - SEPT 16 OHIO VALLEY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Sr., 6-3, 222, Arlington Heights, Ill., Eastern Illinois,...Garoppolo powered the nation's No. 1 offense (631.3 yards/game) to a dominating 57-24 victory over No. 16 Illinois State in the 102nd all-time meeting of the Mid-American Classic. The Walter Payton Award candidate completed 26-of-41 passes for 480 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception. Six of his touchdown passes came in the first half as EIU built a 44-10 advantage. The seven touchdown passes for the game broke the school record previously held by Tony Romo and Jeff Christensen (Garoppolo's high school quarterback coach).

Garoppolo completed an 86-yard touchdown pass to Keiondre Gober in the first quarter; that play is the longest passing play in the FCS this season. Overall the team racked up a school record 739 yards of total offense. The senior now has 79 career passing touchdowns, just six away from tying the OVC mark held by Romo, while his 9,387 career passing yards are just 603 away from the OVC record. Through three wins this season Garoppolo has thrown for an FCS-best 1,281 yards and 14 touchdowns against only one interception. Others Nominated: Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State; Walter Powell, Murray State; Cody Matthews, Tennessee Tech; Dylan Favre, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley football

09/16/2013 - Jimmy Garoppolo's career-high 480 yards and seven touchdowns cemented Eastern Illinois' 57-24 victory over Illinois State Saturday night. Garoppolo completed 26 of 41 passes for the Panthers (3-0), becoming EIU's career leader in pass completions. His career 763 completions surpassed Sean Payton's record of 756. Erik Lora caught three TD passes and had 10 receptions, breaking an Ohio Valley Conference record for total receptions with 240 catches.

Amidst the record-breaking passing game, Shephard Little carved out 129 yards rushing, including a 73-yard TD run. After trailing 44-10 at the half, Illinois State (0-2) replaced Jared Barnett with Blake Winkler, who finished with 144 yards passing and two TDs. Barnett was 7 of 18 for one TD and three interceptions. Garoppolo was named the OVC and College Sporting News National Offensive Player of the Week after last week's 40-37 victory against Southern Illinois in double overtime. - AP Sports

09/16/2013 - SEPT 16 SPORTS NETWORK NATIONAL FCS CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, QB, Sr., 6-3, 222, Arlington Heights, Ill.,...There's no telling what Eastern Illinois is capable of, or who it's capable of beating, with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. Garoppolo is off to a monstrous start to the season, most recently downing Illinois State with 480 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. The senior quarterback completed 26 of his 41 pass attempts, while not throwing a single interception against the Redbirds. Garoppolo leads the FCS through three games with 1,281 passing yards and 14 touchdowns against just one interception. He's rightfully a co- offensive player of the week after leading his Ohio Valley Conference team to a 57-point effort against a (formerly) ranked Illinois State team. - The Sports Network

09/16/2013 - SEPT 16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS FCS CO-QUARTERBACK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois)...Garoppolo set the EIU school record with seven touchdown passes in the win with six of the touchdown strikes coming in the first half when Garoppolo did most of his damage. The Panthers raced out to a 44-10 halftime lead with Garoppolo 22-of-36 for 438 yards. He finished the day 26-of-41 for 480 yards with his record setting touchdown pass coming at the start of the fourth quarter.

Honorable Mention: Taylor Heinicke (Old Dominion), John David Baker (Abilene Christian), Garrett Safron (Sacramento State), Kieran McDonagh (Portland State), Dylan Favre (UT-Martin), Chuckie Looney (Marist), Cody Stroud (McNeese State), Dray Joseph (Southern University), Mike Perish (Indiana State), Marcus Wasilewski (Maine), Maikhail Miller (Murray State), Daniel Duhart (Alabama State). - Eastern Illinois football/College Football Performance Awards

09/16/2013 - SEPT 16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FCS PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois)...Garoppolo set the EIU school record with seven touchdown passes in in the Panthers 57-24 win over nationally ranked Illinois State in the 102nd Mid-America Classic with six of the touchdown strikes coming in the first half when Garoppolo did most of his damage. The Panthers raced out to a 44-10 halftime lead with Garoppolo 22-of-36 for 438 yards. He finished the day 26-of-41 for 480 yards with his record setting touchdown pass coming at the start of the fourth quarter.

Garoppolo helped engineer a school record day on total offense as the Panthers finished with 739 yards of total offense. As an individual Garoppolo became the Panthers career leader in pass completions passing current New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. Garoppolo also passed Payton for second on the EIU career touchdown passes list as he now chases current Dallas Cowboys signal caller Tony Romo for the school and OVC record. Romo's mark is 85. Garoppolo now has 79. - Eastern Illinois football

09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, threw for a career-high 480 yards and seven TDs in a 57-24 victory over Illinois State. - AP Sports

09/09/2013 - SEPT 9 OHIO VALLEY CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Sr., 6-3, 222, Arlington Heights, Ill., Eastern Illinois,....Garoppolo completed 34-of-56 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns as No. 14 Eastern Illinois topped rival Southern Illinois 40-37 in double overtime on Saturday. With the victory the team improved to 2-0 on the road to start the season for the first time in program history.

The 440 passing yards are the second-most in a game at the FCS level this year and the fifth-best in EIU single-game history, while his 442 yards of total offense was the fourth-most in EIU history. During the game the Walter Payton Award candidate moved into second place on the OVC career touchdown list (72); he now only trails former EIU All-American Tony Romo (85). Garoppolo currently ranks second nationally in passing yards/game (400.5) and third in total offense (411.5 yards/game). Others Nominated: Duane Brady, Murray State; Scott Lathrop, Southeast Missouri; Tim Broughton, Tennessee State; Jeremy Butler, UT Martin. - Ohio Valley football

09/01/2013 - Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 31-of-46 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Erik Lora as Eastern Illinois beat San Diego State, 40-19, Saturday night. Eastern Illinois (1-0) snapped a 19-19 tie when Taylor Duncan capped a 12-play 75-yard drive with a two-yard TD run with 7:36 left in the third quarter. Duncan, who rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries, would cap the night with a 45-yard TD run with 4:40 left.

Eastern Illinois built a 19-13 lead at halftime as Garoppolo completed 15-of-24 passes for 246 yards and threw touchdown passes of 37 and four yards to Lora and a 62-yard strike to Keiondre Gober that snapped a 13-13 tie with 3:22 left in the first half. Lora caught 10 passes for 87 yards. San Diego State (0-1) got a 48-yard touchdown run from Colin Lockett in the first quarter. - AP Sports

07/23/2013 - For the first time since the 2007 season Eastern Illinois has been picked the favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference football race. The defending champion Panthers picked up 12 of the 18 first-place votes in the 2013 poll which is a vote of league head coaches and sports information directors.

Eastern Illinois totaled 122 points to top the poll. Eastern Kentucky picked up four first-place votes and was second with 114 points while Tennessee State picked up the final two first-place nods and was third with 90 points. Jacksonville State was picked fourth (87 points) and was followed closely by UT Martin (78). Murray State and Tennessee Tech each received 53 points to tie for sixth while Southeast Missouri (35) and Austin Peay (16) rounded out the poll.

Eastern Illinois was tabbed the preseason favorite for the fifth time since joining the OVC prior to the 1996 season. The Panthers were also picked as the favorites heading into the 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2007 seasons. In last year's preseason poll EIU was picked eighth but proved the voters wrong when the squad claimed its sixth OVC Championship and made its 14th NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff appearance. This season second year head coach Dino Babers welcomes back 44 letterwinners and 16 starters. - OVC football

07/23/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-OVC FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES/SIDS): QB - Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois...Garoppolo was a second team All-OVC selection at quarterback last season setting the OVC single season record for passing yards with 3,823 yards. Garoppolo placed 10th in voting for the 2012 Walter Payton Award and has been named a candidate for the award again in 2013. - Eastern Illinois football

07/18/2013 - 2013 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST: Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois Panthers, Quarterback, Senior...Big-time players earn nicknames. Since Eastern Illinois head coach Dino Babers was on the Baylor staff with quarterback Robert Griffin III, or RG3, the Panthers team has come to give Garoppolo the nickname JG1. He earned it last year in Babers' wide-open offensive system, having thrown for the FCS' second-most passing yards (3,823) and touchdown passes (31) while finishing 10th in the Walter Payton Award voting.

A perfectionist, the Arlington Heights, Ill., product helped EIU win the Ohio Valley Conference title and reach the FCS playoffs. In a victory over Austin Peay, JG1 threw for five touchdowns and each went for at least 50 yards. Garoppolo's favorite receiver, Erik Lora, set the FCS single-season record with 136 receptions. - The Sports Network

 
 
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05/12/2014 - Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo arrives in New England as the team's highest draft pick at the position since Drew Bledsoe was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. As a second-round selection, but from a smaller school like Eastern Illinois he'll clearly be given time to develop in the shadows of Tom Brady. But, for the first time head coach Bill Belichick acknowledged that the depth chart at quarterback is being formulated with the idea in mind that Brady won't be manning the starting role forever. "With the situation we have at quarterback, I think that we felt as an organization that we needed to address that to some degree in the future, so we'll see how all that works out but I think you're better off being early than late at that position," Belichick said after the Garoppolo selection.

Ryan Mallett has been Brady's backup for the past two seasons, but is heading into the final year of the rookie deal he signed as a third-round pick in 2011. Garoppolo clearly has a chance to vie for the primary backup job within a year and maybe much more than that down the road in Foxborough. "We know what Ryan's contract situation is. We know what Tom's age and contract situation is," Belichick said. "I don't think you want to have one quarterback on your team. I don't think that's responsible to the entire team or the organization." - The Sports Xchange

 

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