Carr is joined by San Jose State’s David Fales and Garoppolo, a late addition after Alabama’s AJ McCarron opted not to play. Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger were invited to the game but are recovering from knee surgeries.
The North is led by Thomas, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Miami’s Stephen Morris.
“Obviously with games like this you’ve got to compete with some big-name guys and those big-school guys,” Fales said. “And these guys are the best, too, so to get a chance to all be out there on the field and compete and showcase our abilities is huge.”
They all posted big college numbers, especially Carr. The nation’s leader in total offense and touchdown passes, Carr was the fourth quarterback in major college history to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season.
Boyd passed for nearly 12,000 yards in his career with Clemson. Like Bradley, he wasn’t treating the week as just about showing off his arm.
“I feel like I can throw the ball from any angle,” Boyd said. “I can make any throw.
“I can move around and do that stuff, but really for me, it’s just trying to lead the best way I know how.”
Garoppolo hails from the same FCS school as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tono Romo and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. He broke many of their records, and now is trying to follow Romo into a starting NFL job.
Garoppolo embraces the comparisons, which he said was even made to him by Cowboys officials.
“It’s very motivating,” said the Walter Payton Award winner as the top offensive player in the FCS. “He came from a small school. Sean Payton had a great career at Eastern, too. The quarterback tradition at Eastern is very well known. I’m just trying to keep it going, really, and take it to the next level.”