The biggest opponent to Jimmy Garoppolo being the best quarterback in OVC history is Tony Romo. Yes, the Dallas Cowboy quarterback. He attended Eastern Illinois from 1999-2002 and led the Panthers to three straight trips to the FCS playoffs. The awards for Romo includes a Walter Payton Award from his senior season, only one in OVC history, and is a three-time OVC Offensive Player of the Year award. During his While Garoppolo has yet to win the conference’s top offensive award, he is certainly on his way to doing so this year. Garoppolo is getting the NFL draft buzz that Romo didn’t a decade ago.
“They are both competitors, they hate when they do something wrong, Tony was more likely to take the ball down and scramble while Jimmy will look to pass. Jimmy is athletic enough to get the first down anytime he wants it, but he trusts his arm.”
Tony Romo in his EIU days set the conference’s record for career passing touchdowns (85), and single season touchdowns (34).
Garoppolo’s head coach Dino Babers has really fine tuned his skills over the past two years.
“In his sophomore year before Babers, Garoppolo showed that he had the talent, I think that Babers has played a vital role in the development of Garoppolo, because of his expertise in scoring and high powered offenses.”
Garoppolo seemed to fight the Babers system last season making the wrong reads that lead to the increase in interceptions. This year Jimmy has been impressive, because he understands the system that was being taught. This kid is special. If Jimmy Garoppolo sits behind a veteran quarterback for a year he could be the next big time quarterback in the NFL. Garoppolo is tearing up the OVC and is getting tons of recognition for it.
The Dallas Cowboys have Tony Romo and Kyle Orton, but definitely need to start thinking about their current quarterback position. Tony Romo was given a contract, but why not bring in a player like Garoppolo who is considered a mid round pick to develop behind Romo. They are similar players with quite a bit of similarities.