The NFL preseason is underway, and it was a great debut for New England Patriot Jimmy Garoppolo. The former EIU star was 9-13 for 153 yards and a touchdown, the Patriots only points on the night. Even better for the rookie – perennial backup and current No. 2 QB in New England, Ryan Mallet, didn’t have a good night at all, leading NFL.com to opine that Garoppolo could beat out Mallet for the backup role.
In Baltimore, rookie wideout Jeremy Butler came up with a fourth-quarter touchdown catch in the win for the Ravens. The former UTM standout caught two catches for 16 yards.
While they didn’t play last night, Giants wideout Marcus Harris, formerly of Murray State, is making some big waves with the team. Harris spent last year in the Arena league, and wasn’t even on the Giants depth chart heading into the preseason. Now, it appears he could be on his way to a spot on the Giants 53-man roster.
Eastern Kentucky played their first of four overseas summer games yesterday, falling in a 76-65 loss to the Sydney Kings. It’s just a preseason game — we’re still months from real college basketball, after all, so the score and stats aren’t all that important.
EKU shot just 31% from the field in the loss, and were an even worse 7-37 from behind the arc. When you look at what the Colonels have lost from last season’s squad, they’ve got a big hole to fill on offense, and they’re going to need shooters, plain and simple. Corey Walden led the team in scoring, as expected, but they also got a strong performance from redshirt sophomore Jaylen Babb-Harrison, who finished with 16 points in the loss.
In the “couldn’t be less surprising” category, EKU was outscored in the paint 40-20. Eric Stutz is going to need some help against bigger teams in the OVC if the Colonels are going to have success inside.
EKU is back in action Sunday. Morehead State plays their first of three summer games on Saturday.
And while we don’t know what the final product will look like, there’s work underway at Jacksonville State as well: