From FCS to the NFL? The path of Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo

Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has impressed NFL scouts with his quick release.
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One of the reasons Garoppolo was able to pick up the proper technique so readily was his previous lack of quarterback experience. Having rarely played the position in middle school, he didn't have any bad habits to break.

Jimmy Garoppolo has passed for more than 3,800 yards with 40 touchdowns this season.
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"I'd put him up against anybody," Wittke said.

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