File this under “surprises absolutely no one.”
Eastern Illinois offense stole the show at the Panthers second scrimmage. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was 22-of-35 for 241 yards and a touchdown, Back-up quarterback Ben Krol passed for 166 yards going 17-of-25, and four running backs rushed for more then 50 yards each.
So basically, they picked up this spring where they left off last fall.
“I’m really proud of the job our offensive line did today,” said head coach Dino Babers. “When you step up as an offense and have several big runs; that can be really discouraging to a defense. We moved the ball today but still had a couple of turnovers down the field which we need to correct.”
“Fundamentally we played a sound game today,” said Nick Borre who has stepped in as the starting center this spring. “We ran the ball well and did a good job of protecting the ball carriers. We can still improve and make sure we are around the pile so if fumbles happen, we can be there to recover the ball.”
Three of the four backs reeled off touchdown runs including A.J. Woodson with a 65-yard scamper to help account for his 114 yards on eight carries. Woodson added a 13-yard receiving touchdown. Taylor Duncan rushed for 57 yards on ten carries with an 11-yard touchdown. Shepard Little had 58 yards on eight carries with a 33-yard touchdown. Bobby Huey had 51 yards on nine carries with another 53 yards on four receptions.
The defense did force and recover two fumbles down the field to go along with five sacks.
EIU will wrap up spring football next Saturday (April 27) with the Spring Game slated for a 12 p.m. kick off at O’Brien Field.