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Ex-UK QB Jalen Whitlow one of three FBS players to transfer to E. Illinois

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Dorian Green-Beckham may or may not end up at Eastern Illinois when it’s all said and done.  In the meantime, another former SEC player will look to continue his player career with the FCS program.

The Panthers, it was announced Wednesday, have added former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow to their roster.  As he’s dropping down a level, Whitlow will be eligible to play in 2014.

It was announced last month, shortly after Whitlow both lost the quarterback competition and was asked to switched positions, that the player would be transferring from UK.

At Eastern Illinois, Whitlow will get the opportunity to replace Jimmy Garoppolo, who was a second-round selection in the NFL draft earlier this month. It was Garoppolo who broke nearly all of the significant school passing standards previously held by Tony Romo, so Whitlow, who’ll bring experience to the competition, would have sizable shoes to fill were he to win the job.

The past two seasons with the Wildcats, Whitlow threw for 1,831 yards and 10 touchdowns as he started 15 games. He also contributed nine touchdowns on the ground.

In addition to Whitlow, Eastern Illinois announced the additions of wide receiver Stephen Bravo-Brown a transfer from South Florida, and defensive back Anthony Standifer, a transfer from Ole Miss.  The former caught seven passes in 10 games for the Bulls before graduating and moving on, while Standifer, a three-star member of the Rebels’ 2012 recruiting class, was dismissed by the program last October.

NFL Draft: SEC owns 23 percent of the first 100 picks

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Three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft are in the books, and once again the SEC is leading the pack in sending talent to the draft. After 100 picks through three rounds, the SEC has accounted for 23 draft picks, including the top pick overall with South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney to the Houston Texans. The SEC has more players than any other conference in college football drafted so far.

The SEC set a record for total draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft with 63 players chosen by NFL franchises. With four rounds to go, the SEC will have to average 10 players per round to match that number. The SEC could see the pace pick up after seeing the total number of players drafted dip in rounds two (seven) and three (five) after sending 11 players in the first round Thursday night.

The Big Ten added some depth to NFL rosters on Friday night with six picks each in the second and third rounds. With four picks in the first round, the Big Ten has a total of 16 players chosen in this year’s draft. The Big Ten had just 22 players drafted in 2013, so the conference should be on pace to avoid another repeat performance of a conference-low total since 1994.

It was the ACC that provided the most picks in the third round of the NFL draft, with seven players being chosen by NFL teams. The third round also saw non-FBS programs leave their marks as well. After Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got things started with a late second round draft pick by the New England Patriots, there were four players from non-FBS programs selected in the third round. North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner was selected early in the third round by the Miami Dolphins with the 67th overall pick. Division 2 Pittsburg State celebrated wide receiver John Brown being drafted 91st overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Towson running back Terrance West was later picked up by the Cleveland Browns with the 94th pick and Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon was nabbed by the Minnesota Vikings with the 96th pick. Georgia Southern will be moving up to the FBS level as a member of the Sun Belt Conference this fall.

There are plenty of good players still to be had by NFL teams as the draft wraps up with the final four rounds on Saturday. Some names to keep an eye on include Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Baylor offensive lineman Cyril Richardson, Boston College running back Andre Johnson, Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey and Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. Teams in need of an extra quarterback have some options left on the board as well. LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage and Alabama’s AJ McCarron are all among those still waiting for a phone call on the final day of the draft.

NFL Draft: SEC wins round two by edging Big Ten and Pac-12

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The SEC led the way in round one of the 2014 NFL Draft with 11 players drafted by NFL teams. In the second round the SEC once again pumped out more NFL talent than just about every other conference, but the Big Ten left a significant mark as well. The SEC turned in seven draft picks, edging the Big Ten when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt with the final pick of the second round.

It took a while before we finally saw some running backs drafted (three of them, in fact) but the second round focused on wide receivers and linemen.

Here is the full round two breakdown, by conference.

SEC: 7

42. WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
44. OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama
51. DT Ego Ferguson, LSU
55. RB Jeremy Hill, LSU
60. DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
63. WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
64. OT Justin Britt, Missouri

Big Ten: 6

37. DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
56. WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
57. RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
58. CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
59. OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
61. WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

Pac-12: 6

33. OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
38. TE Austin Seferia-Jenkins, Washington
39. WR Marqise Lee, USC
45. WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
47. DE Trent Murphy, Stanford
54. RB Bishop Sankey, Washington

Mountain West: 5

34. DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
35. OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada
36. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
44. C Weston Richburg, Colorado State
53. WR Davante Adams, Fresno State

ACC: 3

41. CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
48. DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
50. LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

 

Independent: 3

40. LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
46. DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
52. TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

Big 12: 1

49. TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

Non FBS: 1

62. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

Which positions were drafted in the second round?

Defensive Line: 7

Wide Receiver: 7

Offensive Line: 6

Tight End: 3

Running Back: 3

Cornerback: 2

Linebacker: 2

Quarterback: 2

Dorial Green-Beckham could be heading to FCS Eastern Illinois

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Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham could be looking to continue his football career this fall on a much smaller scale. After being dismissed from the program by Missouri earlier this month, there is a report suggesting Green-Beckham could be joining Eastern Illinois, the alma mater of Tony Romo.

As first reported by 247 Sports, it is expected Green-Beckham will be attending a program from the FCS. Eastern Illinois would make good sense as one fo the most competitive FCS programs in a relatively close proximity for a player who was once rated one of the top recruits in the country.

What’s more, Eastern Illinois could be adding another former SEC starter to the roster as well.

In the same report by 247 Sports, former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow could also be looking to join the Eastern Illinois program. Whitlow ended up being the odd man out of the Kentucky quarterback position being led by freshman Drew Barker and sophomore Patrick Towles. Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops wanted to try to move Whitlow to wide receiver, but Whitlow decided to pursue a chance to start elsewhere. With Eastern Illinois losing Jimmy Garoppolo to the NFL, a spot is open.

Dino Babers is the new Bowling Green head coach

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Dino Babers has left Eastern Illinois to become the new head coach at Bowling Green, the school announced on Wednesday.

Babers came to Eastern Illinois from Baylor — where he coached Robert Griffin III — and brought Art Briles’ up-tempo offense with him. In his two seasons at EIU, he went 19-7, including a 12-2 mark this past season.

His quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the FCS after passing for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns this season.

He replaces Dave Clawson, who moved on from Bowling Green to become the head coach at Wake Forest.

If Babers’ time at EIU is any indication, Bowling Green’s offense — which was already averaging 35 points and 472 yards per game — might be in for a significant upgrade.