Garoppolo, the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner for the top FCS player, was named the Offensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game. He was invited to the Senior Bowl when Alabama's A.J. McCarron backed out. This postseason Garoppolo has also been named the FCS ADA National Offensive Player of the Year, the FCS ADA National Quarterback of the Year Award, the CFPA FCS Quarterback of the Year and also been named an All-American by the Associated Press, AFCA, Sports Network and Walter Camp organizations. Garoppolo put together the finest season by an OVC quarterback in smashing virtually every OVC season and career record while leading his team to a 12-2 overall record, second-straight OVC Championship and berth in the FCS Playoff quarterfinals. In 14 games he completed 375-of-568 passes (66.0%) for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns (against only nine interceptions) while also rushing for four touchdowns and catching a touchdown pass. His 53 touchdowns were the fourth-most in FCS history (three behind the record) while his 5,050 yards is second all-time, just 26 behind the record set a year ago; he is one of just two players in FCS history to eclipse 5,000 passing yards in a season. In FCS career history his 118 touchdowns rank sixth, his 13,156 passing yards are seventh and his 13,089 yards of total offense ranks 10th. Garoppolo also ranked first nationally this season in passing yards/game (360.7), second in points responsible for/game (25.3), third in total offense (365.1 yards/game), third in passing efficiency (168.3) and fifth in completions/game (26.79). He directed Eastern Illinois to the No. 1 ranked offense nationally in terms of both total offense (589.5 yards/game) and scoring offense (48.2 points/game). He and teammate Shepard Little became the first FCS duo to every throw for 5,000-plus yards in a season and rush for 1,000-plus yards (Little ran 1,548 yards) in the same season. Garoppolo, who was named the OVC Offensive Player of the Year, put up the stellar numbers despite the fact his team won games by an average margin of 30.8 points/contest and he was often taken out in the second half of games when his team had huge leads (25 of his 53 touchdowns came in the first quarter and 37 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 six other games he had over 300 yards passing and he threw multiple touchdowns in all but one game this season. He 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 nationally-ranked foe Northern Illinois (in a game EIU led 20-0 in the first quarter). Garoppolo was named FCS National Player of the Week three times 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).
Finished 10th in voting for Walter Payton Award after earning second team All-OVC honors... honorable mention All-American by College Sports Journal... set OVC single season record for passing yards with 3,823 yards... was 331-of-540 with 31 touchdown passes... ranked 5th in the FCS in total offense and sixth in passing yards per game... twice named OVC Offensive Player of the Week for games against Southern Illinois and Austin Peay... was the Sports Network National Offensive Player of the Week for game against SIU with 369 yards passing and five touchdowns (no interceptions)... passed for a career high 453 yards (18-of-31) and five touchdowns against Austin Peay with all five touchdown passes over 50 yards... 453 yard game was fourth best single game total in school history... had 428 yard passing day at UT Martin... had six games with 300+ yards passing to rank second on EIU career list with 10 300+ yard passing games... set EIU single season record for total offense with 3,823 yards... 31 touchdown passes rank second on EIU single season list... set single season record for pass completions (331) and pass attempts (540)... second on EIU single season list in passing yards... ended season ranked third on EIU career list in total offense (7,977), touchdown passes (65) and passing yards (8,106)... is second on EIU career list in pass attempts and pass completions.
Started all 11 games as quarterback passing for 2,644 yards... ranked 2nd in the OVC in passing offense (240.4 per game) and total offense (234.8 per game)... ranked 33rd in the NCAA in total offense and 36th in passing efficiency... was 217-of-349 with 20 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions... 2,583 yards total offense ranks 7th on EIU single season list... 2,644 yards passing ranks 7th on EIU single season list... 20 touchdowns ranks 10th on EIU single season list... season high 304 yards passing in season opener against Illinois State... also had 301 yards passing against Tennessee Tech going 29-of-52... finished season ranked 10th on EIU career total offense list, 7th on EIU career passing yardage list and 6th in career touchdown passes.
Started final eight games of the season at quarterback earning All-Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer Team honors... passed for 1,639 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions... had a completion percentage rate of 58.8 percent with 124-of-211... did not have enough games played to qualify for NCAA National or OVC rankings but would have rated third in passing yards per game (204.9) and third in touchdown passes... back-to-back OVC Newcomer of the Week honors on Oct. 24 (Murray State) and Oct. 31 (Austin Peay)... had a season high 341 yards passing in loss to Murray State (26-of-35 with 4 touchdowns)... helped rally EIU to overtime win at Tennessee State with 331 yards passing (20-of-33 with 4 touchdowns)... over final four games of the season was 68-of-109 for 1,052 yards with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Standout quarterback at Rolling Meadows HS passing for 1,888 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior earning Northwest Suburban All-Area honors... also rushed for 563 yards and 7 touchdowns helping to lead his team to Mid-Suburban East League championships and IHSA Class 7A playoff berth... also impressive as a junior passing for 2,072 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing 152 of 253 passes... added 552 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground... played for coach Doug Millsaps.
Major is management... son of Tony and Denise Garoppolo... brother Mike played football at Western Illinois.