We may be just days away from the start of the college football season, but news from the pros dominated the weekend — including bad news for former EIU wide receiver Erik Lora, who was cut from the Minnesota Vikings. It’s not a huge surprise — Lora entered camp unofficially eighth on the depth chart.
Lora didn’t make a catch during the preseason, which as a rookie, is pretty much a requirement if you’re going to make a roster. We do want to wish good luck to Lora as he continues his path towards becoming a professional football player.
The other former Panther trying to make a splash this year gets a big opportunity in Week 4 of the NFL Preseason. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Jimmy Garoppolo will start, and could possibly play the entire game. Garoppolo is fighting with Ryan Mallet to the No. 2 to Tom Brady.
Garoppolo told a Patriots beat writer:“I’m excited about it. It’s a good opportunity to get out there and get some quality reps. It’s going to be fun.”
Garoppolo is 24-37 in the preseason, throwing for 334 yards and four touchdowns in three appearances.
Another huge congratulations go out to former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried on his selection to represent the United States in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Faried is one of the final 12 players after a grueling audition process over the last several months.
“I want to thank everyone who has been in my corner supporting me,” Faried told Nuggets.com. “It means a lot to me to be a part of an elite group and represent our country in Spain. I can’t wait to take the court with my teammates and come back home a gold medalist.”
The event will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.