Jimmy Garoppolo is the top football star to emerge from Eastern Illinois since Tony Romo
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Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo participated in a workout on Tuesday morning with the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans at Northwestern, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.
The college senior had a record-shattering season in 2013 -- he broke all of Tony Romo's career school records -- and won the Walter Payton Award after throwing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns.
Garoppolo has been overshadowed by the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel, but if the Texans pass on a quarterback with their first overall pick, they could end up taking him at the top of the second round. If Garoppolo goes to the 49ers at the end of the first round, he would play a backup role to quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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The 22-year-old Illinois native finished his college career with 13,156 passing yards and 118 passing touchdowns.