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Teddy Bridgewater makes his opening statement

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Teddy Bridgewater had the first of what should be many big days in 2013
Teddy Bridgewater had the first of what should be many big days in 2013. (USATSI)

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doesn't want his school to run a Heisman campaign for him, and if his first game of the season was any indicator, it's because the only campaigning he'll need to do is on the field.

Bridgewater lit up an over-matched Ohio squad on Sunday, throwing for two touchdowns before he even threw his first incompletion. And the first incompletion was a drop.

When the smoke cleared from the scorched earth Bridgewater left behind him, he had finished the day completing 23 of his 29 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns. And Bridgewater did all that work in only three quarters, as he was pulled for the fourth quarter as the Cardinals sported a 42-7 lead.

Now, a lot of the credit for Bridgewater's performance has to go to the Louisville offensive line, as he received great protection and plenty of time to make throws. But it was the throws themselves that cause NFL scouts to salivate while watching.

His most impressive throw of the afternoon may have been an incompletion. It was one of the few times the Ohio defense got any pressure in the pocket and Bridgewater rolled out to his left. Then, while running, he unleashed a throw across his body in which the ball soared over 50 yards through the air thanks to a simple flick of his wrist. Sure, the throw landed about 10 yards past its target, but it was a throw that shouldn't even be physically possible.

When you combine Bridgewater's skill with Louisville's schedule, there's no reason to think the numbers Bridgewater put up today won't become a weekly occurrence. Unfortunately for Bridgewater, that same schedule that could keep Louisville from a title shot could be the same schedule that keeps him from taking the Heisman at the end of the year.

Because, make no mistake about it, if Bridgewater doesn't win the Heisman this season, it's not going to be because of his play.

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