EIU QB Jimmy Garoppolo Player To Watch This Season

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Published on August 16 2013 11:57 am
Last Updated on August 16 2013 11:57 am
Written by Millie Lange

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been named to the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Watch List as released by the CFPA this week.  Garoppolo is the only player from the OVC represented on the preseason list.

Garoppolo has been named a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection this season after breaking the OVC single season record for passing yards as a junior.  Last year Garoppolo was 331-of-540 for 3,823 yards and 31 touchdowns.  He had two games with more than 400 yards passing as he set EIU single season records for pass completions and total offense.  Garoppolo finished tenth in voting for the 2012 Walter Payton Award and has been named a candidate for the award in 2013.  Recently several NFL scouting services have rated Garoppolo as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation.

EIU opens the season on August 31 at San Diego State.  The home opener is Sept. 14 against Illinois State in the Mid-America Classic.  Season and single game tickets are now on sale by calling 217-581-2106 or online at www.eiupanthertickets.com

College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2013 CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy and 2013 CFPA FCS National Defensive Performer of the Year Award. Thirty-three players earned spots on the FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List, while thirty-three players earned spots on the FCS National Defensive Performer of the Year Award Watch List.

More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections. All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for recognition at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.