2013 OVC Offensive Player of the Year
2013 Walter Payton Winner
2013 FCS National offensive player of the year
2013 consensus first team all-american
2012 Walter Payton Award Finalist (10th in voting)
2013: (SENIOR): 2013 Walter Payton Award winner… 2013 FCS National Offensive Player of the Year… named OVC Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-OVC... named a consensus first team All-American by every FCS publication… led all NCAA Division I players in passing yards and touchdown passes... named National Player of the Week two times (SIU & ISU games)... named OVC Offensive Player of the Week seven-times... set school record with 7 touchdown passes versus Illinois State... became EIU career leader in pass completions versus Illinois State... has set EIU and OVC records for career passing yards, careeer total offense and career touchdown passes... set EIU and OVC record for single season touchdown passes at Tennessee State... preseason All-OVC... preseason All-American... Walter Payton Award Candidate.
2012 (JUNIOR): 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.
2011 (SOPHOMORE): 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.
2010 (FRESHMAN): 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.
HIGH SCHOOL: 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.
PERSONAL: Majoring in economics... son of Tony and Denise Garoppolo.