Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, Jordan Johnson of Montana, Josh Kimberlin of Samford , Chad Geter of Gardner-Webb and Michael Marando of Fordham have been selected as the College Sporting News All-Stars for the week ending September 14, 2013 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Each of the honorees are listed here with their achievements and their position, school, class, height, weight and hometown.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Quarterback, Eastern Illinois, Senior, 6-3, 222, Arlington Heights, IL
Garoppolo powered the nation’s No. 1 offense (631.3 yards/game) to a 57-24 victory over ranked Illinois State in the 102nd all-time meeting of the Mid-American Classic. Garoppolo completed 26-of-41 passes for 480 yards and seven touchdowns without an interception. Six of his touchdown passes came in the first half as EIU built a 44-10 advantage. The seven touchdown passes for the game broke the school record previously held by Tony Romo and Jeff Christensen (Garoppolo’s high school quarterback coach). Garoppolo completed an 86-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, the longest passing play in the FCS this season. The senior now has 79 career passing touchdowns, just six away from tying the OVC mark held by Romo, while his 9,387 career passing yards are just 603 away from the OVC record. Through three wins this season Garoppolo has thrown for an FCS-best 1,281 yards and 14 touchdowns against only one interception.
Jordan Johnson, Quarterback, Montana, Junior, 6-1, 200, Eugene, OR
Johnson set a Big Sky Conference pass efficiency single-game record in Montana ’s 55-17 win over North Dakota. He completed 15-of-19 passes for a career-high 354 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions for an efficiency rating of 322.3. Johnson averaged 23.6 yards per reception and guided the Grizzlies to touchdowns on all eight drives he played throwing TD passes of 70, 52, 35, 6 and 51 yards. Johnson also rushed for 21 yards to finish with 375 yards of total offense leading Montana with 609 yards of offense. After two games, Johnson leads the nation in pass efficiency. He has completed 34-of-42 passes for 609 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. His efficiency rating of 257.
Josh Kimberlin, Safety, Samford, Sophomore, 6-0. 191, Olive Branch, MS
Kimberlin tied a school record with three interceptions in Samford’s 27-20 win at Florida A&M. He returned the three interceptions for a total of 67 yards. The sophomore’s first pick came late in the third quarter with the Bulldogs holding a 24-20 lead. In the fourth quarter with Samford ahead 27-20, Kimberlin intercepted FAMU’s Damien Flemming on back-to-back possessions in Samford territory to seal the victory. Kimberlin added three tackles in the win.
Chad Geter, Linebacker, Gardner-Webb, Sophomore, 6-2, 233, Irmo, SC
Geter was a catalyst in Gardner-Webb’s stingy defensive effort against ranked Richmond, totaling a career-best 10 total stops to lead the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a 12-10 win. The win was the first over a nationally-ranked opponent for GWU since 2004 and marked the highest-ranked opponent Gardner-Webb has ever beaten in football since moving to NCAA Division I. Geter’s efforts helped the defense hold Richmond to just 10 yards rushing on 20 carries (half yard per attempt), limit the Spiders to just 4-of-13 on third down (30.7 percent) and 0-for-2 on fourth down. Geter had eight of his tackles in the second half and five stops in the decisive fourth quarter. He came up with perhaps the game’s most important defensive play. With his team clinging to a 9-3 lead and 8:32 left, Geter sacked the Richmond quarterback on 4th-and-4 at the GWU 19-yard line to end a key scoring chance and a crucial offensive penetration for the Spiders. The rushing yardage total allowed by Geter and the GWU defense was the lowest against a Division I scholarship opponent since moving to the FCS in 2000 ... Previous lows were 14 yards allowed to Charleston Southern in 2004 and 18 yards allowed to Florida Atlantic in 2001.
Michael Marando, Placekicker, Fordham, Junior, 5-7, 157, Brooklyn, NY
Marando played a key role in Fordham’s 30-29 upset at Temple by making all three of his field goal attempts and each of his three extra points in the victory. Marando made kicks of 44 and a career-high 47 yards in the first half as Fordham took a 13-7 lead at the break, and hit a 24-yard field goal to put the Rams ahead 23-21 in the fourth quarter. Marando also came through under pressure with the game-winning extra point with four seconds left, coming after a lengthy delay that included a Temple timeout and a review of Fordham’s touchdown. Marando stands 13th in the nation with 10.0 points per game.