QB Teddy Bridgewater Rumored to be Considering a Return to Louisville
University of Louisville (11-1) quarterback Teddy Bridgewater entered this season touted as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate and No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Friday (December 13, 2013) rumors began surfacing that Bridgwater may in fact return to Louisville for his senior campaign, thinning this year’s draft for a quarterback-hungry league.
Bridgewater (6’3”, 205 lbs) has been tightlipped on plans of declaring himself eligible for the NFL Draft, which is a smart move whether he plans on going or not, as it keeps his options open and less pressure on a decision. There could be as many as 5 teams drafting in the top 10 that potentially would select a quarterback and I am sure that is something to consider too.
NFL senior draft analyst Gil Brandt said that he would be shocked if Bridgewater returned to Louisville.
Bridgewater had a good year, but slightly underwhelming, as Jameis Winston and the high-powered Florida State Seminoles have dominated college football and the storylines in an unforeseen record-breaking season. He has thrown for 3,523 yards, 28 TDs, and only 4 INTS completing 70.2% of his passes. Bridgewater’s completion percentage ranks second nationally among quarterbacks who qualify.
But there is a shadow of doubt surrounding Bridgewater from some analysts after Louisville, who was a potential dark-horse national-title contender, fell to the University of Central Florida Golden Knights on October 18th, knocking the Cardinals out for national contention. Even with his impressive numbers, it was clear that there was a drop-off in play as he only threw for 300 yards once in his final five games and went through a three-game stretch against ACC opponents only mustering two TD passes.
Detractors are screaming the Miami, FL native is overhyped, but Louisville’s “decline” if you want to call it that, was not squarely on the shoulders of the signal caller. Louisville’s loss to UCF was looked at as a dagger to the heart because at the time because the then No. 8 Cards’ blew a three touchdown lead to a then 5-1, unranked (but was among the “other receiving votes” in both polls) Golden Knights squad. UCF finished the season at a surprising 11-1 and American Athletic Conference champion earning a BCS Bowl bid to battle Baylor University on January 1st, 8:30 pm in Glendale, AZ at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The Louisville Cardinals will face-off against the Miami Hurricanes December 28th at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Miami, which should be a fun game for Teddy Bridgewater who gets to make a return to his hometown. That game could serve as a great send-off to the NFL or as a teaser for next year’s national championship and Heisman campaign.
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