Local quarterbacks with NFL aspirations will be on display in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.
Billed as the nation's oldest college football all-star game, the Shrin Game will feature both Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garappolo.
Lynch grabbed all kinds of headlines this season, finishing third in voting for the Heisman Trophy after a record-setting season. He twice set the NCAA single-game rushing record for a quarterback and finished the season with 1,920, the second-highest rushing total in the country. In addition, he passed for 2,892 yards and scored 48 total touchdowns, including one receiving.
Lynch, a Mt. Carmel grad, led the Huskies within a win of a second consecutive BCS bowl berth, but NIU lost in the MAC title game to Bowling Green.
Garoppolo was slightly more unknown, playing at FCS school Eastern Illinois. But he put up equally eye-popping numbers, passing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns.
Garoppolo, an alum of Rolling Meadows High School, will be joined in the Shrine Game by teammate wide receiver Erik Lora, who caught 19 of those touchdown passes.
The game kicks off at 3 p.m. CT from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be broadcast on NFL Network.