Bridgewater said Tuesday on the "Dan Patrick Show" that he informed agent Kennard McGuire that he did not want to play in Cleveland. "I actually told my agent that's not the place where I wanted to be," Bridgewater told Patrick Tuesday in the midst of several rounds of media interviews.
The Vikings expect Bridgewater to compete to start as a rookie. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner was one of few NFL personnel to emerge from Bridgewater's pro day workout in March with a review that labeled the throwing session anything but abysmal. Coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday the Vikings will start the best quarterback, and he "hopes it is" Bridgewater. Matt Cassell re-signed with the team -- for two years, $10 million -- after ending the 2013 season as the Vikings' starter ahead of Christian Ponder. - Jeff Reynolds, NFLDraftScout.com
05/14/2014 - Catch-22: Did Teddy Bridgewater boycott Browns? Four months after surprisingly firing head coach Rob Chudzinski on the night of the regular-season ending loss, the Browns are battling to become relevant for the first time since re-entering the league in 1999. But with eight head coaches and 20 starting quarterbacks, that direction is doubtful for prospects such as Bridgewater. Cleveland also imploded the front office one week before the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in February, removing president and CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi, and pushing personnel executive Ray Farmer into the decision-making GM role for the first time.
Banner and Lombardi hired Pettine -- Farmer was not even in the room for interviews -- and Cleveland acknowledged it first attempted to trade for San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. NFLDraftScout.com applauded Farmer's effort last week in the draft. With only two winning seasons in Manziel's lifetime, owner Jimmy Haslam understands the pessimism but said the Browns got their guy this time around. "(Manziel) is a guy who accounted for 93 touchdowns the last two years in a very tough conference (Southeastern)," Haslam said. "He was the highest-rated quarterback on our board." - Jeff Reynolds, NFLDraftScout.com
05/12/2014 - Vikings gamble on upside of Barr, Bridgewater...The Vikings' day appeared over after the ninth pick. But appearances are deceiving with Trader Rick. Reports surfaced that the Vikings tried to trade up to the No. 22 pick to take Johnny Manziel. Spielman would neither confirm, nor deny. But Spielman and Zimmer certainly sounded as though Bridgewater was their preferred quarterback all along, particularly by offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was entrusted with a pivotal role in identifying a potential future franchise quarterback this offseason. A team source told NFLDraftScout.com that Turner was the driving force behind the move to get Bridgewater. "Everywhere Teddy has been, he's won," Zimmer said. "There's something about him."
That's why the Vikings pulled the trigger on a trade with Seattle at No. 32. They gave up picks in the second (40th) and fourth (108th) rounds to move up eight spots and also secure the fifth-year option available on first-round picks per the collective bargaining agreement. Although anything is possible, the initial plan is for Bridgewater to sit behind starter Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, who failed as a franchise quarterback hopeful after being the 12th pick in 2011. Ponder's contract is up after this season. He's got time to develop," Spielman said of Bridgewater. "We're very comfortable with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder. We don't want to force a guy to play if he's not ready." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - Coach Mike Zimmer reluctantly revealed that the Vikings examined the Louisville quarterback's heart after something abnormal appeared on the medical report from the scouting combine. "I probably shouldn't mention this," Zimmer said. "But we had him in to look at his heart. After he came out, I said, 'How's your heart?' He said, 'They said it was too big.'" That was the first that anyone had heard of the heart concerns. When reporters followed up with questions, Zimmer said: "It was nothing. It was a blip or something." Said Bridgewater: "I just had an abnormal heartbeat. I think it was 1 percent, or one beat, less than the normal beat. So I came back up to Minnesota and got a physical, got tested and came back positive." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - We'll never quite know how much Bridgewater's horrible pro day had to do with him allegedly falling from the top of the first round to the bottom. And we'll probably always wonder why Bridgewater didn't wear the glove that he wore while completing over 70 percent of his passes at Louisville. But, for the record, Bridgewater had this to say when asked to explain. "It was a decision that I made based off the way that I was trying to practice for the pro day," Bridgewater said. "I was able to learn a valuable lesson to continue to do what got you here and do what you're comfortable doing."
The Vikings did a personal workout with Bridgewater in Florida in April. Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said he did well and improved during the workout while working with Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Coach Mike Zimmer was asked why he thought the personal workout went better than the pro day. "I don't know if it mattered or not," he said, "but he wore his glove." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 1/32 - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 6-2, 214, Louisville...The Vikings traded a fourth-rounder to Seattle to move up from 40th to the last spot in the first round. With no Andrew Luck in this year's draft, this was a very good spot for the Vikings to take the potential franchise quarterback of the future. With Matt Cassel as a satisfactory one-year bridge to the future and Christian Ponder finally re-positioned as a backup and not a potential franchise quarterback, Bridgewater can spend a year working with offensive coordinator Norv Turner without the pressure to start before he's ready. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - Vikings gamble on upside of Barr, Bridgewater...A year ago, Bridgewater was considered the likely No. 1 overall pick. But a poor pro day helped facilitate a tumble down the draft board. The Vikings were concerned enough to schedule a personal workout with him in April in Florida. "He did much better," Spielman said. "You could see as Norv was coaching him up in just that short amount of time that he was getting better." Bridgewater had made headlines for not wearing his customary glove during his woeful pro day. "I don't know if it helped or not in his personal workout," said Zimmer, "but he wore his glove." - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 13/3. *Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville, 6-2, 214, 4.79, 1...His impressive production, passing accuracy and leadership abilities helped rate him as top QB prospect by NFLDraftScout.com analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler and many others. But his frame seems slight and even if he bulks up, durability might be an issue. He lacks that innate feel and smooth athleticism to move within our out of pocket. But, then, that might describe Tom Brady. A low release point -- from ear height -- may become an issue against taller, athletic defensive linemen.
Frankly: He was not a favorite here even before that silly Glovegate incidence at his Pro Day, when he didn't wear gloves, as he always did in games, and threw badly under controlled conditions. Not an issue here as I never bought into high ratings given him by respected scouts and coaches anyway. He is not really a fluid athlete and that, combined with a frail appearing body, is a concern. Although Bridgewater has excellent geometry throwing ahead of receivers, his release point is too low. For a 6-foot-2 pocket passer, that is another concern. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' draft radar...QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: Former North Carolina State product Mike Glennon flashed as a rookie but anointing McCown the starter before he took a snap speaks volumes as to how the new regime feels about the second-year pro's fit in Tedford's offense. While McCown serves as an immediate Band-Aid at the position, the club has spent a lot of time investigating the top quarterback prospects. It remains to be seen how closely Tedford's offense in the NFL will match the principles he used at Cal. Bridgewater, Fresno State's Derek Carr and Georgia's Aaron Murray would seem especially good fits in the pro-style scheme Tedford used with the Bears due to their intelligence, accuracy on short to intermediate passes and comfort both under center and out of the shotgun. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Houston's draft radar...QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: It's conceivable that the Texans could draft the top two players on my draft board: Clowney and Bridgewater. With the first pick in the second round, Houston could stay and see which quarterback falls to them or possibly trade into the late first to secure that guy. And Bridgewater might be that player. He played in a very conservative, pro-style offense at Louisville and earned his degree in three-and-half years. Bridgewater is grounded, mature and stands in the face of pressure and had to deal with adversity early in his life when at age 14 he found out his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
His lack of prototypical build and streaky deep accuracy will scare some teams, but he displays polish and refinement and makes it look easy at times because of his ability above the neck, efficient pocket movements and natural accuracy. Bridgewater is reminiscent of a taller, slender version of Russell Wilson because of his football-focused, humble and driven attitude, along with his mobility and placement on the run -- a very natural passer who has the mental aptitude and arm talent to be a long-term NFL starter. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 1. Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville (6-2, 214, 4.67, JR)...While many have soured on him (or never had him highly rated in the first place), Bridgewater is still my top prospect in this draft because of what he brings to the table with his arm talent, efficient mobility and ability above the neck to play the position at a high level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - Five players who should be on the Minnesota Vikings' draft radar...QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU: With Cassel clearly the starter for 2014, the Vikings may believe that they can wait until the draft's second or even early third day to find their quarterback of the future. Boasting the size, arm strength and experience in a pro-style scheme, Mettenberger is an ideal developmental prospect for Turner's offense -- so much so, in fact, that the Vikings might be willing to invest a higher pick in him than NFLDraftScout.com currently projects for the strong-armed pocket passer. Mettenberger does not possess ideal agility to escape pressure but with quality bookend tackles in Kalil and Loadholt already in place, as well as the running game, security blanket at tight end in Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph and explosive big play wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, Mettenberger's natural passing ability could be maximized. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: *Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, 6-2, 214, 4.79...His impressive production, passing accuracy and leadership abilities helped rate him as top QB prospect by NFLDraftScout.com analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler and many others. But his frame seems slight and even if he bulks up, durability might be an issue as he lacks that innate feel and smooth athleticism to move in and out of pocket. But, then, that might describe Tom Brady. A low release point -- from ear height -- may become an issue against taller, athletic defensive linemen.
Frankly: A lot of respected scouts and coaches rate Bridgewater as the best quarterback prospect in this draft, so I am obviously missing something. He is not really a fluid athlete and that, combined with a frail-looking body, is a concern. Although he has excellent geometry in how he leads receivers, Bridgewater's release point is low. For a 6-foot-2 pocket passer, that is another concern. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
03/26/2014 - Bridgewater off the mark often at pro day, with 29 teams watching...His ball was loose at times and wobbled into the hands of his receivers but he also showed touch in the red-zone portion of the workout, flashed deep accuracy that also lacked great timing on occasion and hit his receivers in stride while on the move in Monday's session. Overall, his footwork was not great and his timing was average to poor on some throws. He's is not a perfect or a complete product. And of course, rookie success isn't a sure thing with Bridgewater -- Andrew Luck had 18 interceptions and nine fumbles in his first season, but the Colts quarterback is widely hailed as the best quarterback to enter the league in more than a decade. The risk is worth the ultimate potential reward for the Texans, Jaguars, Browns and Raiders.
Pittsburgh, Washington and Miami were the only teams not represented Monday at Louisville's pro day. The Minnesota Vikings, who own the eighth overall pick, met with him Sunday and as GM Rick Spielman said last month, the franchise must "keep spinning the wheel" until it hits on a young franchise-caliber quarterback. - The Sports Xchange
03/26/2014 - Bridgewater off the mark often at pro day, with 29 teams watching...Passing on Teddy Bridgewater could be a perilous decision for franchises with question marks at the quarterback position. Poised and polished, accurate and articulate, Bridgewater comes with a choir boy image and history of success and production that in years past left scouts rushing to anoint similar prospects the next big thing. In short, he is the total package. Former coach Charlie Strong said he had the work ethic and professional approach of a coach, sometimes better, and there is no situation for which he isn't prepared. Why the pause with Bridgewater?
Starting with the Houston Texans at No. 1, down to the Jaguars (third overall), Browns (fourth) and Raiders (fifth), Bridgewater should be in play. He is efficient with enough arm talent to manage any offensive scheme. Sure, it'd be a challenge to ask him to play Peyton Manning under playoff pressure at age 21, but Bridgewater has a strong case in the ongoing front office debate over which of the 2014 quarterback prospects is the best. The biggest knock on Bridgewater isn't that he's little. It's that he's too light. Not enough Boombozz Pizza, apparently. - The Sports Xchange
03/26/2014 - Bridgewater off the mark often at pro day, with 29 teams watching...The last quarterback prospect to overcome the anchor of size concerns -- Super Bowl-winning second-year starter Russell Wilson -- is 5-11, 204. Bridgewater is 6-2, weighed 208 at Monday's workout. That raised eyebrows, if only because Bridgewater was 214 at the combine. He said he'd be 220-225 by the time he reports to training camp. He said he played at 222 as a sophomore before major jaw surgery led to drastic weight loss. That frame would make him the near-body type double of a too-skinny prospect from Cal in 2005. Aaron Rodgers (6-2, 223 at his pro day) has done just fine, thanks. Robert Griffin III also measured 6-2, 223 before he was drafted second overall in 2012.
What limitations are forecast for a player perceived to have less-than-ideal bulk on his frame? Primarily, the worry is injuries. And Bridgewater's health record isn't clean. There are teams with serious concerns about his wrist -- he played through a wrist fracture at Louisville -- and the narrow lower body for his base. Can an underdeveloped lower half survive a season that, from training camp through the postseason is twice as long and demanding as the college football calendar? There are scouts who believe he's not a top-five pick, according to reports. - The Sports Xchange
03/26/2014 - Bridgewater off the mark often at pro day, with 29 teams watching...The boots on the ground Monday in Louisville indicate the interest backs up NFLDraftScout.com intel and evaluation that Bridgewater is the top of the class. Six NFL head coaches were on hand, including large contingencies for the Raiders and Jaguars, who sent head coach Gus Bradley, GM Dave Caldwell and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. We'll venture a guess that the full tribe wasn't sent because Jacksonville is eyeing a trade out of the top five. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, Jets general manager John Idzik, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and a thick crowd witnessed his 4.78 40-yard time and awaiting his mid-morning throwing session.
The workout, practiced, rehearsed and mastered in the comfort of his home indoor practice facility, won't sway teams with interest. If teams give Bridgewater's on-film r??sum?? a look and sit down with him for an hour, we're betting they, too, will buy in. - The Sports Xchange
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 3. *Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville, 6-2, 205, 4.67, 1...His impressive production, passing accuracy and leadership abilities helped rate him as top QB prospect by NFLDdraftScout.com analysts, but there are a few concerns. His frame seems slight and even if he bulks up, durability might be an issue as he lacks that innate feel and smooth athleticism to move in and out of pocket. But, then, that might describe Tom Brady. A low release point -- from ear height -- may become an issue against taller, athletic defensive fronts. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions: 5. Teddy will be ready. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won't be fat but after officially being listed at 6-3, 205 pounds for the Cardinals throughout his junior season, expect him to weigh in significantly heavier in Indianapolis, easing some of the concerns scouts have about his ability to hold up physically in the NFL. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: Bridgewater may throw; Carr waiting until Pro Day...Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater hasn't yet decided whether he's going to participate in the athletic testing -- including passing -- at the 2014 Combine. Bridgewater, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated quarterback and No. 3 overall prospect, told Jim Corbett of USA Today that he'll confer with his agent Kennard McGuire and decide whether to throw "when the times comes." Bridgewater could help his stock simply by reassuring scouts of his size. He was officially listed by the Cardinals at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and is especially slim in his lower half, leading to concerns about whether he'll be able to withstand the punishment of an NFL pass rush.
Bridgewater showed toughness and durability throughout his three starting seasons at Louisville and completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 9,817 yards and 72 touchdowns against just 24 interceptions over his career. In an era of inflated statistics due to relatively simple spread offenses, Bridgewater's production stands out as he played in a pro-style scheme in which he took a high percentage of snaps from under center and was asked to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/19/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 1. All 19 Quarterbacks...From Teddy Bridgewater's hand size to Derek Carr's accuracy during passing drills, every quarterback invited to the Combine has a lot to gain or lose this week. Manziel won't throw, but his interviews are paramount, whether the questions are football-related or not. Central Florida's Blake Bortles will compete in every exercise and needs to show accurate ball placement during passing drills. On the training table, LSU's Zach Mettenberger and Georgia's Aaron Murray are both in the midst of rigorous rehabs, battling back from ACL injuries - how close are they to returning to the field? And then of course, the exact height-weight measurements for the underclassmen: Will Manziel get above six-foot? Will Bridgewater come in over 210-pounds? Just how tall is Bortles? Above all, the Combine is an opportunity for quarterbacks to perform on the big stage - who will separate himself? - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/2014 - Bridgewater to Forgo Senior Season; Declares for NFL Draft...Junior quarterback has thrown 72 touchdowns in 39 career games...University of Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has decided to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility, and make himself available for the 2014 NFL Draft.
"After discussing all the options with my family and the coaching staff, I have decided to forgo my senior season and declare for the NFL Draft," Bridgewater said. "This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I can't express how much my time at Louisville has meant to me. These past three years have allowed me to mature as a person and leave the university as better person and with my degree in hand, which was one of my goals. I will cherish every moment on the field and off the field, and every bond that I built. I will forever represent the university with the utmost pride and respect. I want to extend a special thank you to my teammates, Tom Jurich, all the academic staff and professors, the coaching staff, support staff, students and the Cardinals' fan base. "I didn't know much about Louisville when I made the decision to attend, but in the end, it was one of the best decisions I could have ever made."
Bridgewater made the decision following an outstanding 2013 season, which was capped by a standout performance in the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl, where he completed 35-of-45 passes for a career-high 447 yards and three touchdowns. - Louisville football
01/03/2014 - Bridgewater to Forgo Senior Season; Declares for NFL Draft...Bridgewater won 27 games in his three years as the starting quarterback for Louisville, including 12 wins in 2013, which tied a school record. Bridgewater threw for 3,970 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2013, while completing 71 percent of his passes. In leading the Cardinals to a 12-1 record, Bridgewater developed into one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. He opened the season by tying his career high with five touchdown passes in a 49-7 win over Ohio and four more in wins over Eastern Kentucky and FIU. He recorded seven 300-yard passing games and was a second team All-American Athletic Conference selection this season.
In 39 career games at Louisville, Bridgewater threw for 9,817 yards, which is third most in the UofL annals, while his 72 career touchdown passes also ranks as third best in school history. He completed a school-record 68.3 percent of his passes and had just 24 interceptions in 1,142 career pass attempts. The Miami, Fla., native was the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a first team all-league selection after throwing for 3,719 yards and 27 touchdowns in guiding the Cardinals to an 11-2 record and a win over fourth-ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl. In earning Most Valuable Player accolades in the win over the Gators, Bridgewater went 20-of-32 for 266 yards and two scores in a win over Florida. - Louisville football
01/01/2014 - Possible No. 1 overall pick Teddy Bridgewater to enter 2014 NFL Draft...Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will skip his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a report by ESPN. Bridgewater is currently ranked as the No. 1 quarterback for May's NFL Draft and the No. 4 prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com. He is currently projected by NDS to be drafted No. 1 overall by the Houston Texans.
A true junior, Bridgewater is a pro-style quarterback with an appealing skill-set for NFL teams, both physically and mentally. He has very good arm strength and accuracy with quick movements, efficient mechanics and excellent weight distribution through his delivery. Bridgewater has good height, but lacks an ideal build for the next level, something that has created concerns for NFL scouts. However, he is tough as nails and routinely steps into the face of pressure and executes throws. Bridgewater also has smooth mobility to extend and move the pocket and is an accurate thrower on the run. He does need to improve his downfield accuracy and touch, an area that tends to run hot-and-cold for him on throws of 15+ yards. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/01/2014 - Bridgewater to make jump to NFL...Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is headed for the NFL. The junior will pass up his senior season to enter the the 2014 draft, according to an ESPN report on Wednesday. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Bridgewater as the No. 1 overall pick in the May draft and the top quarterback prospect. In three years at Louisville, Bridgewater passed for 9,817 yards with 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. The Cardinals are 30-9 during that time with three bowl berths and two conference championships. Neither Bridgewater nor Louisville has made an official announcement regarding a decision on his future.
If, as expected, he leaves for the NFL, Bridgewater finishes his college career with 9,817 yards passing, 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. In what would be his final college game, Bridgewater led the Cardinals to a 36-9 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the Citrus Bowl on Saturday, completing 35 of 46 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns wtih no interceptions. The 21-year-old Miami native graduated in December with a degree in sports administration. - The Sports Xchange
01/01/2014 - Teddy Bridgewater to enter NFL Draft...Teddy Bridgewater has played his last game at Louisville. While the quarterback had said in recent weeks that he still hadn't made up his mind about his future, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Bridgewater will forego his senior season at Louisville and instead enter the NFL Draft. At the moment both CBSSports.com writers Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have Bridgewater projected as the top pick in the NFL Draft, going to the Houston Texans (who, coincidentally, are hiring a coach from the college ranks).
It can't be understated how important Teddy Bridgewater was to the Louisville program in his three years at the school. A four-star recruit out of Miami, Florida, Bridgewater led Louisville to a 30-9 record in his three seasons at the school, including two conference titles andthree bowl appearances. The highlight being a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida last season. The impact he's had on the football program no doubt played a role in Louisville earning an invitation to the ACC in 2014. Bridgewater finishes his career with 9,817 yards passing, 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
01/01/2014 - Possible No. 1 overall pick Teddy Bridgewater to enter 2014 NFL Draft...Bridgewater is even more impressive with his talent above the neck. He makes it look easy because of his ability to process everything going on around him with a high football IQ. Bridgewater is a mature, grounded and focused individual on and off the field and is passionate about the game of football. He is reminiscent of a taller, much more slender version of Russell Wilson because of his football smarts, professional demeanor and overall coachable attitude. A three year starter, Bridgewater has 35 starts on his resume, although they come in a mediocre conference in regards to overall competition each week.
He finished his final season at Louisville with 71% completions (303-for-427) for 3,970 yards and a TD-to-INT ratio of 31-to-4. In what was his final collegiate performance, Bridgewater had a terrific game against his hometown team of Miami, putting an exclamation point on an excellent college career. There are still over four months until the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8, but Bridgewater is the current favorite to be the first quarterback drafted, possibly No. 1 overall to the Texans. Regardless if Houston and new head coach Bill O'Brien prefer the Louisville product, he projects as a solid top-10 talent and won't have to wait long to hear his name called on draft day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater shows No. 1 form in rout of Miami...If Saturday night's Citrus Bowl was Teddy Bridgewater's final game with the Louisville Cardinals, the junior certainly went out in style, dazzling the Miami Hurricanes and NFL scouts alike with his trademark precision passing and guiding his team to a resounding 36-9 victory. Shrugging off a sack for a safety which abruptly ended Louisville's first series, Bridgewater completed 35 of 46 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns without throwing an interception, exhibiting the talent that even his most vocal critics are going to have a hard time overlooking. It wasn't just pressure from the Miami defense that Bridgewater was battling Saturday night. A native of Miami and a star prep quarterback who took over for Jacory Harris at powerhouse Northwestern High School, Bridgewater originally committed to the Hurricanes.
Rather than shirk from the pressure, however, Bridgewater shined. Cameras caught him smiling as he walked to the line of scrimmage early in the game. He was at his best at critical moments, completing 11 of 13 passing attempts on 3rd down, converting eight of them into first downs. It was a steady confidence that every NFL evaluator is hoping to see from a quarterback playing in arguably the biggest game of his life. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/2013 - Leading up to the Russell Athletic Bowl, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater batted back questions about whether the game would be his last in college. If it was, he left plenty for the Cardinals to remember. Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to help No. 18 Louisville rout Miami 36-9 on Saturday night. The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to the Hurricanes' 174. With Cardinals fans chanting "Teddy! Teddy!" at times throughout the game, Bridgewater, projected to be a top NFL draft pick if he comes out this summer, set a school season record with 31 touchdown passes. The Miami native also tied the school record with his 27th victory as Louisville's starter.
"It meant a lot because not only because I and so many other guys going against our hometown school, but we were going against a quality opponent," he said. "That's what we've been waiting for all year. ... That's why you play the game, to compete. We competed in all three phases, offense, defense and kicking game." He was 35 for 45 for career-high 447 yards. Louisville won its second straight bowl game for its second 12-win season. - AP Sports
12/30/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater shows No. 1 form in rout of Miami...Bridgewater's success comes in a pro-style attack built on rhythm passes in the short to intermediate zones and occasional shots downfield. It asks the quarterback to take snaps from under center most of the time, a stark contrast to the shotgun-heavy attacks preferred by most college teams. This experience is a critical to 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bridgewater's NFL projection as he's learned to keep his eyes focused downfield with defenders closing in on him. Bridgewater's comfort in the pocket and use of his eyes to manipulate the defense was beautifully demonstrated with his 26-yard strike to DeVante Parker in the second quarter to give Louisville a commanding 16-2 lead.
Taking the snap from under center, Bridgewater dropped back quickly, looked to his deep left to get Miami's single-high safety drifting and then turned back to his right, sending the pass high and hard to give his 6-foot-2, 209-pound junior the opportunity to make the play. While Bridgewater's first touchdown of the evening was impressive, the poise, vision and touch he demonstrated on Louisville's final drive before halftime could serve as a How-To video on effective quarterback play. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to propel No. 18 Louisville to a 36-9 rout over the University of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday. Bridgewater and the Louisville defense totally dominated the Hurricanes. Bridgewater completed 35 of 45 passes for 447 yards in what could be the last game for the junior, who has a decision to make on whether he will make himself eligible for the NFL draft. He had scoring passes of 26 yards to junior wide receiver DeVante Parker, 12 yards to junior wide receiver Michaelee Harris and 24 yards to senior running back Senorise Perry.
The Louisville defense, meanwhile, limited Miami to 174 yards, only 14 of that on the ground. The Cardinals sacked Miami quarterback Stephen Morris four times and allowed him just 12 completions in 27 attempts for 160 yards. Bridgewater, who tied the Louisville record for touchdown passes in a season in the first half when the Cardinals built a 22-2 lead, wasted no time breaking the record in the second half. He hit Perry for a 24-yard scoring pass on UL's first possession of the second half, capping a 12-play, 89-yard drive. Bridgewater was 6 of 7 for 73 yards on the drive that pushed Louisville's lead to 29-2. - The Sports Xchange
12/30/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater shows No. 1 form in rout of Miami...Bridgewater's accuracy - whether flat-footed or on the move - is the simplest reason for his perch atop NFLDraftScout.com's quarterback rankings. He has a quick set-up and a very quick release. He does not possess the bulk scouts prefer at the position but this does not limit his arm strength, as the ball explodes out of his hand. As impressive as Saturday night's performance against the Hurricanes was, scouts shouldn't be surprised as Bridgewater showed a similar blend of poise and precision a year ago in 33-23 Sugar Bowl win over the Florida Gators. The Gators entered the game a significant favorite, featuring a defense that led the country in pass efficiency and boasted two 2013 first round picks in defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam.
Further, the Gators defense was coached by Dan Quinn, now the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. Bridgewater was named MVP of that game, just as he was against the Hurricanes Saturday night. Critics will continue to point out Bridgewater's flaws. He is not as big or strong as Andrew Luck nor as nimble as a healthy Robert Griffin III. Among the quarterbacks potentially available in the 2014 draft, he's the most polished and accurate -- precisely why he'll wind up being the first passer selected (and quite possibly first player selected) - should he elect to leave early. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater shows No. 1 form in rout of Miami...Teddy Bridgewater shows No. 1 form in rout of Miami...Facing a 3rd and 6 at the Louisville 44-yard line, Bridgewater took the snap out of the gun but still saw almost immediate pressure in his face. Spinning away to his left, Bridgewater bought time and room, then rolled back to his right, keeping his eyes downfield to wideout Damian Copeland breaking free on a late crossing route. Showing the accuracy on the move so critical to success in today's NFL, Bridgewater lofted a beautiful pass over Copeland's shoulder, leading his receiver away from the defense after performing a Johnny Manziel-like escape act.
A snap later, Bridgewater showed off his traditional quarterback talents, rifling a quick out to Copeland for a seven-yard gain. Two plays later, it was back to the changeup for Bridgewater as he lofted a deep flag route to Michaelee Harris for another score with just 30 seconds remaining in the half. The stat-book will only give Bridgewater credit for 12 yards on the pass but the ball was thrown from the 20 and safely led his wideout out of the end zone with plenty of room to get his feet down. Bridgewater's third touchdown toss of the game came on a screen pass to running back Senorise Perry - one of a handful of traditional screens that he helped fool the Hurricanes with by allowing defenders to pursue him before calmly lofting a pass over the top. Bridgewater isn't known as a great athlete but he showed off his maneuverability with a few read-option looks early against the Hurricanes and showed good speed in sprinting to the right pile-on for his fourth touchdown of the night on a bootleg in the fourth quarter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/16/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, Jr., 6-3 205 Miami, Fla./Northwestern,...Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who earned second-team honors, finished conference play, completing 189 of his 272 attempts - a conference best 69.5 percentage - for 14 touchdowns and 2,309 yards. The Miami, Fla., native finished second in the AAC in efficiency rating at 155.6. - Louisville football
12/09/2013 - WEEK 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville, Miami, Fla.,...Completed 23 of 37 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns, including two fourth-quarter TDs, in a 31-24 overtime win at Cincinnati. - American Athletic Conference football
12/05/2013 - Running back Dominique Brown's 2-yard touchdown run on Louisville's first possession in overtime lifted the 16th-ranked Cardinals to a thrilling 31-24 victory over No. 23 Cincinnati on a cold, blustery Thursday evening at Nippert Stadium. Senior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 23-of-37 passing for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He helped rally Louisville (11-1, 7-1 American Athletic Conference) in the fourth quarter with two dazzling plays.
Sixth-year senior quarterback Brendon Kay delivered a gutsy performance for Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2 AAC), but his fourth-down pass in overtime to wide receiver Anthony McClung fell incomplete. Kay finished with 304 passing yards. With Louisville headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, Thursday's game could mark the end of a series that dates to 1929. - The Sports Xchange
12/05/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Teddy Bridgewater is a finalist for the Manning Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. Bridgewater has completed 71 percent of his passes this year for 2,971 yards and a 25-3 TD-interception ratio. The award is named for Archie Manning and his two sons -- Peyton and Eli -- and will be given out Jan. 8 after bowl games, which count in the voting process. - The Sports Xchange
12/05/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater made several great escapes to help No. 19 Louisville get to overtime, and Dominique Brown's 2-yard run gave the Cardinals a 31-24 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night. The comeback clinched the first American Athletic Conference title for Central Florida, which had a one-game lead over Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2) heading into the final weekend. For the second year in a row, the Ohio River rivals went to overtime to decide who gets the Keg of Nails, this time for the foreseeable future with Louisville (11-7, 7-1) leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
The Cardinals won 34-31 in overtime in the rain in Louisville last season. This one went to overtime on a wet, raw night when Cincinnati's Tony Miliano kicked a 26-yard field goal with 7 seconds left. An interference penalty in the end zone set up Brown's 2-yard run to open overtime. The Bearcats wound up with a fourth-and-14 at the 29, and Brendon Kay's pass went off the hands of Anthony McClung at the 6, ending Cincinnati's first overtime game at Nippert Stadium since 2003. Bridgewater was 23 of 37 for 255 yards with three touchdowns, two of them in the fourth quarter. He eluded three tacklers on a 14-yard run on a third-and-12 play to keep one touchdown drive going, and finished it by scrambling away from defenders and throwing an off-balance pass for a 22-yard score. - AP Sports
11/23/2013 - After Memphis rallied from a 24-3 deficit to get with a touchdown, the Tigers forced a Louisville punt from near midfield with three minutes to go. However, the Tigers were called for roughing the kicker, and No. 21 Louisville survived for a 24-17 victory Saturday in frigid Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville, which won its fourth straight game, improved to 10-1 overall, 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference. Memphis, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, fell to 3-7, 1-5. Louisville led, 24-3, after scoring a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half. But the Cardinals stalled thereafter, and Memphis scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make it interesting.
Before that fourth quarter, the story was the Louisville defense, which limited Memphis to 167 yards with four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. Then Memphis rallied, getting a four-yard touchdown run by quarterback Paxton Lynch and a six-yard scoring pass from Lynch to Jesse Milleson. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 26-of-36 passes for 220 yards, getting most of that in the second and third quarters. He had only 21 yards passing in the first quarter and 41 in the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange
11/09/2013 - Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater passed for 288 yards and one touchdown and got scoring help from his defense and special teams as No. 20 Louisville completed a workmanlike 31-10 victory over Connecticut on Friday night at Rentschler Field. The Cardinals (8-1 overall, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) blocked a punt for a first-quarter touchdown and scored the only points of the third quarter when cornerback Terell Floyd intercepted UConn's Tim Boyle and sprinted 17 yards into the end zone.
Louisville, averaging more than 39 points per game, scored only two touchdowns on offense. But the victory over UConn (0-8, 0-4) allowed the Cardinals to avenge a costly 23-20 triple overtime loss to the Huskies last season in Louisville. Bridgewater, 21 of 37 with one interception, didn't get much help from a receiving corps that dropped numerous passes on a cold and windy night. After completing two of his first five attempts, the junior connected on nine of his next 13 and passed for 157 yards in the first half. - The Sports Xchange
10/28/2013 - WEEK 9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw for 344 yards and three TDs and the No. 18 Cardinals rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 34-3 rout of South Florida. - AP Sports
10/28/2013 - WEEK 9 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville, Miami, Fla.,...Completed 25 of 29 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-3 win at USF, marking his 20th consecutive game with a touchdown pass. - American Athletic Conference football
10/26/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns and No. 18 Louisville rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 34-3 rout of South Florida on Saturday. Charles Gaines returned a fourth-quarter interception 70 yards for a TD as the Cardinals' defense reverted to the form that helped Louisville (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) climb into the top 10 before blowing a 21-point, second-half lead at home during a 38-35 loss to Central Florida.
Bridgewater completed 25 of 29 passes with no interceptions, hiking his totals for the season to 23 TDs with two picks. In three career games against USF (2-5, 2-1), the junior from Miami has gone 65 of 82 for 841 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions. - AP Sports
10/18/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Teddy Bridgewater's second quarter interception against Rutgers snapped a streak of 143 consecutive throws without a pick. Bridgewater still had a solid game statistically, going 21-of-31 for 310 yards and a pair of scores, but wasn't quite as sharp in the second half and also lost a fumble that denied Louisville a clinching score in the fourth quarter. QUOTE TO NOTE: "He didn't make some throws, but I guess every time he goes out, we expect him to be perfect and he's not going to be perfect." -- Louisville coach Charlie Strong on the notion that Bridgewater feels pressure with multiple NFL scouts watching all his games. - The Sports Xchange
10/15/2013 - On big stage, Teddy Bridgewater flashes No. 1 overall form...Scouts circled Thursday's game as a relatively rare opportunity to see Bridgewater against a respected opponent. One of the primary knocks on Bridgewater has been his level of competition. Entering Thursday night's game, Louisville had beaten Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Florida International and Temple by a combined score of 222-27. Rutgers (4-2) entered the game with their only previous loss of the year a 52-51 overtime defeat by No. 21 Fresno State in the season-opener August 29.
While talent evaluators can quibble over his opponents, Bridgewater's pin-point accuracy remained every bit as impressive against Rutgers Thursday night as it was in January when he earned MVP honors in guiding Louisville to a shockingly easy win over then No. 4 Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Just as he had against the Gators, Bridgewater looked every bit a future No. 1 overall candidate with his ability to read defenses and make audibles at the line of scrimmage before delivering catchable passes to all levels of the field. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/15/2013 - On big stage, Teddy Bridgewater flashes No. 1 overall form...It is sometimes difficult to remember that Bridgewater is just in his third season of collegiate action because of his mastery of some of the subtleties of the position. He is effortless in his set-up and delivery of the ball. Bridgewater possesses a compact throwing motion that gives defenders little time to adjust and is smooth in play-action, extending the ball fully and turning his back to the defense to carry out the fake. Most importantly, he possesses Pro-Bowl caliber accuracy, showing the touch to loft passes over defenders as well as the velocity needed to zip through tight windows. He was particularly effective on slants and deep crossing routes.
Louisville's offensive line did a nice job of protecting him but Bridgewater occasionally showed off his athleticism, as well. Twice he scrambled for 12-yard gains on Louisville's third scoring drive of the game. He also demonstrated the ability to hit receivers in stride when rolling to his left and right. Among his most impressive throws of the game, in fact, came while running right to escape pressure on Louisville's first drive of the third quarter. Facing third-and-6, Bridgewater, sprinted right and showed good arm strength and great ball placement to lead Damian Copeland for a gain of 20. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/15/2013 - On big stage, Teddy Bridgewater flashes No. 1 overall form...While Bridgewater is certainly gifted, like any player he comes with some concerns. When he was off-target in this contest, it was over the middle -- the most dangerous area of the field to be inaccurate. He generally throws tight spirals but had a few wobblers late in the second and third quarters. He also misfired on a deep wheel route with roughly six minutes remaining that could have given Louisville some cushion.
Further, while Bridgewater has shown great toughness over his career (63 sacks to date) and took some shots in this game, he is lighter than scouts would prefer and has narrow shoulders, limiting his body's capacity to add muscle mass. Some will worry if he'll be able to hold up to the barrage of hits that could come in playing quarterback for one of the league's worst teams.
The fact that so many talent evaluators were on hand for a game that they easily could have watched from the comforts of their living room is a testament to the buzz building around Bridgewater. With yet another masterful performance, expect that buzz to continue grow. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/15/2013 - On big stage, Teddy Bridgewater flashes No. 1 overall form...With 26 NFL scouts in attendance, Bridgewater helps his stock as a potential No. 1 pick...With representatives from most NFL teams attending, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater impressed while guiding his No. 8 Cardinals to a 24-10 victory Thursday night in a key AAC showdown with Rutgers. The NFL contingent reportedly included 26 scouts in all, including general managers from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks. Jacksonville, the favorite to "earn" the No. 1 overall pick and currently projected to select Bridgewater had multiple scouts on hand. If the pressure of so many scouts in the building bothered Bridgewater, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated overall prospect, the junior certainly didn't show it.
Taking most of his snaps from under center in Louisville's pro-style offense, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback completed 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns with one interception on the night. Bridgewater's performance is all the more impressive considering that his leading receiver, Devante Parker, was a late scratch due to a shoulder injury. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/15/2013 - On big stage, Teddy Bridgewater flashes No. 1 overall form...In an era of spread offenses that rarely ask quarterbacks to challenge defenses with passes longer than 10 yards, Bridgewater's willingness to take deep shots, in fact, is one of the most exciting elements of his play. His aggression paid off with a beautifully thrown deep corner pass that hit Kai De La Cruz for a 34-yard touchdown that staked the Cardinals to a 10-0 early in the second quarter. It backfired late in the second quarter, however, when he put slightly too much loft on the ball, allowing Rutgers' free safety Jeremy Deering to beat freshman James Quick for just Bridgewater's second interception of the season.
The interception was actually a well thrown pass from Bridgewater that Deering read and accelerated quickly to corral. Regardless of its aesthetic value, the pass resulted in a turnover that served as a blight on what was otherwise a sterling performance from the young quarterback. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/14/2013 - WEEK 7 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville, Miami, Fla.,...Completed 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-10 win against Rutgers. Registered his 18th straight game with a touchdown pass. - American Athletic Conference football
10/11/2013 - With Louisville's high-flying offense basically grounded, especially in the second half, the defense came through with eight sacks and four interceptions as the eighth-ranked Cardinals beat Rutgers 24-10 on Thursday night before 55,168 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. After taking a 17-7 lead at halftime, Louisville (6-0, 2-0 ACC) was unable to score in the second half except for a late touchdown set up by the Cardinals' fourth interception.
In the meantime, Rutgers (4-2, 1-1) got a field goal early in the fourth quarter and had two subsequent possessions with a chance to tie, but both resulted in interceptions of Gary Nova passes. After the second one, the Cardinals drove 60 yards to the clinching touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater to high school teammate Michaelee Harris with 3:02 left.
Bridgewater was 21 of 31 for 310 yards and two touchdowns but also threw an interception in the end zone and had a fumble that thwarted a long drive. Louisville had driven from its 31 to a second-and-2 at the Rutgers 5 when Bridgewater fumbled on a blitz by cornerback Anthony Cioffi. Nova was 19 of 34 for 202 yards and a TD but was under constant pressure. Three of Louisville's eight sacks were by senior defensive end Marcus Smith. - The Sports Xchange
10/10/2013 - Strong has faith despite slip in polls...This might come as news to fans of Alabama, Oregon or Ohio State, but Cardinals coach Charlie Strong says he's got the best team in college football. "I look at what we have," he said. "On offense, you have an outstanding quarterback and a really good set of wide receivers; you have an outstanding offensive line. Then on defense, you have a defense that is really playing well right now. It is all about convincing them. They heard what has been said about them. I want them to realize this, that they are a good football team." Strong's self-proclaimed No. 1 team gets a chance to make an argument to a national TV audience Thursday night when Rutgers comes to town for an American Athletic Conference contest.
Thursday-night games between these teams have produced some drama over the last decade. In 2006, when Louisville was dreaming of a national championship, it blew a big second-half lead to the Scarlet Knights in New Jersey and lost 28-25, propelling Rutgers to No. 2 nationally. Last year, with the final Big East Conference BCS bid at stake, Teddy Bridgewater went Willis Reed, playing with multiple injuries and leading the Cardinals back from a 14-3 deficit for a 20-17 win in Piscataway. This game shouldn't be as close. Rutgers isn't as good defensively as it was last year, coming off allowing 52 points Saturday in a double-overtime win at SMU, and could cough up another half-hundred with a short week to prepare for Bridgewater and Co. - The Sports Xchange
10/10/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Teddy Bridgewater has come out of the locker room smoking this year. In five first quarters, the junior has completed 36-of-47 attempts for 514 yards, six TDs and no interceptions. If you want to find a reason the Cardinals are outscoring the opposition 51-3 in the opening 15 minutes, look no farther than No. 5. - The Sports Xchange
10/10/2013 - Scouting the Louisville passing game: Here's where the big mismatch might lie. With QB Teddy Bridgewater calmly picking defenses apart, Louisville averages 333 passing yards per game. The Scarlet Knights have been vulnerable to the pass, yielding 306.2 ypg. Expect a big game from Bridgewater, even if WR DeVante Parker can't go. - The Sports Xchange
10/08/2013 - WEEK 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw for 348 yards and two TDs to keep the No. 7 Cardinals undefeated with a 30-7 win over winless Temple. - AP Sports
10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville, Miami, Fla.,...Completed 25 of 35 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-7 win at Temple. Registered his 17th straight game with a touchdown pass. - American Athletic football
10/05/2013 - If one sequence can sum up the direction of two teams, it took place late in the first half of No. 7 Louisville's 30-7 victory over Temple. Trailing 17-0, the Owls drove inside the Cardinals' 5-yard line. Not only did Temple fail to get into the end zone, but also failed to produce any points. That was because Louisville's Marcus Smith blocked Nick Visco's 23-yard field attempt.
On the ensuing possession, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater led the Cardinals on a seven play, 81-yard drive capped by his 15-yard scoring pass to Eli Rogers with 37 seconds remaining in the half. The junior receiver was wide open in the middle of the end zone and gave the visitors a 24-0 lead. Bridgewater finished the day completing 25 of 35 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns. He was 15-of-17 passing for 228 yards and both TDs in that opening half. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater played at an NFL stadium like a future No. 1 pick. He will be a regular in that setting soon enough. Bridgewater again made the game look easy, throwing for 348 yards and two touchdowns to keep No. 7 Louisville undefeated with a 30-7 victory over winless Temple on Saturday. He looked comfortable playing at the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the many teams on hand scouting the junior who could be the top pick in next year's draft.
Yes, it's been easy for most quarterbacks to pick apart the Owls, but Bridgewater was particularly on point. He found the open receivers, hit them in double coverage, and scrambled when he needed to make throws on the run. "It was a great outing," he said. "I probably left a few completions out on the field." Not many. Bridgewater dominated against the overwhelmed Owls (0-5, 0-2 American Athletic Conference). He threw for 228 yards in the first half to help the Cardinals roll to a 24-0 lead.
The Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) lost a bid for their second straight shutout when Temple scored with 38 seconds left. The defense held the Owls to 255 yards - and gave Bridgewater plenty of shots on offense. "I feel like he's the Peyton Manning of college football," Louisville defensive end Marcus Smith said. - AP Sports
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw four TD passes in the No. 7 Cardinals' 72-0 win over Florida International. - AP Sports
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville, Miami, Fla.,...Completed 17 of 22 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns in a 72-0 win against Florida International. Extended his streak to 16 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. - AAC football
09/21/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville's defense was stifling as the seventh-ranked Cardinals routed Florida International, 72-0, on Saturday in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Bridgewater completed 17-of-22 passes for 212 yards, with touchdown passes of three and six yards to wide receiver DeVante Parker, nine yards to tight end Gerald Christian and 34 yards to wide receiver Eli Rogers. Bridgewater played only three quarters as the Cardinals, who were favored by 42 points, improved to 4-0.
Just as much of a story was the defense, which held Florida International (0-4) to 30 yards total offense and only two first downs, one in each half. The Panthers had seven possessions in the first half, with six of them going three and out. They punted on fourth and 11 twice, fourth and 14, fourth and 16, fourth and 10, fourth and 5 and fourth and 2. - The Sports Xchange
09/21/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville's defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the seventh-ranked Cardinals blow out Florida International 72-0 on Saturday. It was the highest scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007. It also matched the school's fifth-largest margin of victory.
Bridgewater hit DeVante Parker for two TD passes and Gerald Christian and Eli Rogers for one apiece before Will Gardner came on and passed to Michaelee Harris for another score in the fourth quarter. Dominique Brown, Senorise Perry, Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff rushed for TDs. Charles Gaines returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, and recovered a muffed punt to set up Bridgewater's second TD pass in the second quarter. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville, Miami, Fla.,...Completed 16 of 28 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown in a 27-13 win at Kentucky. Extended his streak to 15 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. - AAC football
09/11/2013 - Scouting the Louisville passing game: On the other hand, there's nothing wrong with QB Teddy Bridgewater and his receiving corps. Bridgewater has simply been unstoppable, completing 46-of-60 passes for 752 yards and nine TDs. To put it another way, he's averaging an otherworldly 16.3 yards per completion. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Teddy Bridgewater enjoyed the eighth 300-yard passing game of his career in the win over Eastern Kentucky, throwing for 397 and four TDs. It was his third career game with at least four TDs. As always, Bridgewater spread the wealth, completing passes to eight different receivers, five of whom posted multiple receptions.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's pretty good. He's the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. We just need to have a good week of practice preparing for him and the things that he can make happen. Good quarterbacks make big plays happen for teams like that." - Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville, Miami, Fla.,...Completed 23 of 32 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-7 win against Eastern Kentucky. - AAC football
09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw for 397 yards and four TDs to help the No. 8 Cardinals rout Eastern Kentucky 44-7. - AP Sports
09/08/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater can throw the ball all over the field and celebrate with fans in the stands. There's still some things the Louisville quarterback can't do. Waving the punt team off the field is one. Bridgewater tried just that late in the first half against Eastern Kentucky on fourth-and-2, and coach Charlie Strong made it clear the junior doesn't have that authority no matter how highly ranked the Cardinals might be or how much a Heisman Trophy candidate his quarterback might be. ''We have enough coaches on staff,'' Strong said he told Bridgewater when ordering him to the sideline.
Bridgewater turned in another strong performance, throwing for 397 yards and four touchdowns in the seventh-ranked Cardinals' 44-7 win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. He completed passes to eight different Cardinals for a second straight game and threw TDs to three different players. But Bridgewater sounded frustrated by a lack of production in the run game and graded himself as only average completing 23 of 32 passes. ''Everyone may see 397 yards ... but what I see is the less than 100 yards rushing,'' Bridgewater said. ''I build my success around complete offense and total offense. I may have thrown for 397 yards, but there are some things I'm going to have to work on ... My check game, getting better looks for the running backs. I'm going to watch the film and evaluate.'' - AP Sports
09/07/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and eighth-ranked Louisville routed Eastern Kentucky 44-7 Saturday on a day the Cardinals' defense just missed a shutout for a second straight week. Linebacker Preston Brown had two sacks for Louisville, and Calvin Pryor had an interception as Louisville limited Eastern Kentucky to 76 yards total offense in the first half.
The Cardinals (2-0) needed the defensive plays. Following the noon kickoff, Louisville settled for a pair of field goals from John Wallace after turnovers gave the offense short fields. The Cardinals also settled for a third field goal in the third quarter despite reaching Eastern Kentucky's 4. Bridgewater hit his first five passes to continue his strong start on the season and for his Heisman Trophy candidacy. He tossed TD passes to Damian Copeland, two to DeVante Parker and Gerald Christian while connecting with eight different receivers. - AP Sports
09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 3. Teddy Bridgewater*, QB, Louisville (6-3, 220): Ohio hardly qualifies as elite opposition, but Bridgewater certainly looked like a future top pick in his dismantling of the Bobcats' secondary (23 for 28, 355 yards, five touchdowns, one interception). Accurate, athletic and intelligent, Bridgewater is Clowney's most obvious challenger to be the first pick of the 2014 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/02/2013 - WEEK 1 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., QB, Louisville, Miami, Fla.,...Bridgewater, the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year, picked up where he left off last season in Louisville's 49-7 win against Ohio Sunday. He completed his first nine passes on his way to a 23-for-28, 355-yard day that included five touchdown passes and one interception. Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes in the first half, helping the Cardinals take a 28-0 lead into the break and giving him 13 consecutive games with at least one TD pass. - American Athletic Conference football
09/01/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater had No. 9 Louisville up by two touchdowns before he threw an incomplete pass. Bridgewater hit his first nine passes and matched a career best with five touchdown throws as the Cardinals defeated Ohio 49-7 on Sunday. Coming off an 11-2 finish and a Sugar Bowl upset of Florida, Bridgewater and the Cardinals dominated. That pleased a sellout crowd of 55,332 seeing them for the first time since that BCS win set off the school's remarkable run of success that included an NCAA men's basketball title, the women's team's runner-up NCAA finish and an appearance in College World Series.
Bridgewater kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign by going 23 of 28 for 355 yards. Damian Copeland and Kai De La Cruz each caught two touchdowns and DeVante Parker and Robert Clark each had one. Michael Dyer, the former Auburn star, debuted for Louisville and broke off a 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Cardinals outgained Ohio 615-273. But it all started with Bridgewater. ''He studies the game and studies the receivers and he does a great job of checking and taking what the defense gives him,'' Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. ''It was just fun to watch Teddy. It's just amazing how he keeps getting better and better.'' - AP Sports
09/01/2013 - QB Teddy Bridgewater was selected to the Manning Award watch list, which contains the nation's top returning quarterbacks. Bridgewater isn't conducting a Heisman Trophy campaign per se, but he's going to be plenty of attention in that regard if he plays like he did last year, when he hit on 68.5 percent of his passes for 3,718 yards and a 27-8 touchdown-interception ratio. He's also on three other preseason watch lists, including the Maxwell Award. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2013 - 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 unleased a throw across his body in which the ball soared over fifty yards through the air thanks to a simple flick of his wrist. Sure, the throw was about ten yards to deep, but it was a throw that shouldn't even be physically possible. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
09/01/2013 - Teddy Bridgewater got his Heisman Trophy campaign off to a flying start, throwing for 355 yards and five touchdowns as ninth-ranked Louisville thumped Ohio University 49-7 Sunday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Bridgewater, a junior, completed 23 of 28 passes. He was intercepted once, when his intended receiver appeared to run the wrong route, and had one pass dropped before was removed after three quarters with the Cardinals holding a 42-7 lead. Bridewater's TD passes covered 34, 19, 27, 40 and 25 yards.
Louisville, which received the opening kickoff, scored the first three times it had the ball, on drives of 75, 55 and 86 yards. In between, the Bobcats went three-and-out on their first two possessions. It was 21-0 early in the second quarter, and Ohio did not have a first down until 12:36 remained in the second quarter. It was 28-0 at the half, with Louisville having limited the Bobcats to 88 yards of offense, including just 11 yards rushing. Ohio averaged 203.3 yards rushing a game last season, and leading rusher Beau Blankenship is back for his senior season, but he was held to 22 yards on 12 carries. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Teddy Bridgewater - What does he do for an encore after jumping several levels last year? After an up-and-down freshman year, Bridgewater completed 68.5 percent of his passes with 27 TDs and just eight interceptions, capping it with a calm dissection of Florida in the Sugar Bowl. He'll be the trigger man for what should be one of the nation's top offenses, assuming the offensive line can keep him upright. If he gets hurt, as was the case late last year, there is no proven backup for him. The season rides on his shoulders. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 3. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (6-3, 220, 4.65)* -- Bridgewater has dominated the Big East in his first two seasons while easing concerns over his level of competition with an MVP performance in a Sugar Bowl win against an extremely talented Florida defense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Teddy Bridgewater Jr. LOUISVILLE 78.1,...This year's list of quarterbacks was selected in conjunction with the release of ESPN's new Total Quarterback Rating (QBR); the top 30 returning quarterbacks according to the QBR make up the watch list. The winner will still be selected after the bowl games by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings.
Bridgewater, last season's BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, guided the Cardinals to an 11-2 record, their second-straight BIG EAST title and a win over fourth-ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl in which he was named the game's Most Valuable Player. The Miami, Fla., native headed a Louisville offense that was vastly improved last season, averaging 31.2 points per game and 418.8 yards of total offense per game. Starting 11 games, Bridgewater threw for 3,718 yards per game and 27 touchdowns to earn first team All-BIG EAST accolades. - Louisville football
08/11/2013 - TOP LOUISVILLE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. QB Teddy Bridgewater (6-3, 220, 4.65)*...He possesses plenty of arm, can make all the NFL throws, shows good accuracy and timing when leading his receiver, and combines a tight spiral with good touch when asked to drop the ball on a target. His long accuracy could improve. In terms of reading defenses, Bridgewater seems to anticipate defender movement well, but from time to time will lock onto his first target off the snap and then struggle to decipher information quickly enough to catch up on his progressions and find an open target. Bridgewater is already being mentioned as a potential No. 1 overall selection in 2014, and considering the strides he took in 2012 and assuming he's able to continue to build off of them, this shouldn't be considered far-fetched should he decide to declare as a junior. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
08/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Teddy Bridgewater is a Heisman Trophy candidate, thanks to a great sophomore season and a gritty performance in the Sugar Bowl drilling of Florida. What Bridgewater needs is a marquee game or two where the nation can see him shine, as well as an undefeated season which could get the Cards into the BCS title game. - The Sports Xchange
08/11/2013 - TOP LOUISVILLE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. QB Teddy Bridgewater (6-3, 220, 4.65)*...What might have been most impressive was the display of strong pocket presence and a "pass first" instinct despite great mobility and natural athleticism for the position. He routinely moved through progressions, stayed calm under pressure and exhibited a natural feel for when to slide in the pocket without bailing. There were certainly instances when he held the ball too long and could have put his legs to use earlier in the play, but anytime a young quarterback's natural tendency is to exhaust every option through the air before running, you have a guy who should have a much easier transition to the pro game than perhaps, a guy with athleticism or a big arm but who has minimal pocket presence. Mechanically, Bridgewater exhibits a fluid drop, light feet and a quick release, but needs to improve the consistency with which he sets his feet before throwing, as he'll tend to throw off balance when he doesn't need to, and will sail the ball as a result. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/30/2013 - With 14 starters returning from a team that went 11-2 and won the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Louisville has been tabbed as the overwhelming favorite to win the first American Athletic Conference football title in the conference's first preseason media poll. The Cardinals received 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes and had 298 points in the preseason voting of media representatives. Cincinnati received the other two first-place votes and had 257 points. The top five teams in the preseason poll either won or shared their league's regular-season championship last season.
Louisville claimed a share of its second straight Big East title last season on its way to an 11-win season that was capped by a 33-23 win against No. 3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Charlie Strong's Cardinals return 19 players who made at least one start last year, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who enters the season on the short list of preseason Heisman Trophy candidates. Bridgewater was the 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year after he registered six games with at least 300 passing yards and two 400-yards games in 2012. Louisville was ranked No. 13 in both major national polls to close the 2012 season. - AAC football
07/29/2013 - Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the third-ranked prospect potentially available for the 2014 NFL Draft, has taken out a $10 million insurance policy as an injury safeguard. Bridgewater led the Cardinals to nine straight wins to open 2012 and Louisville was 11-2. Bridgewater passed for 3,718 yards, 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions and enters the 2013 season as a Heisman Trophy candidate. He said he has shut down his Twitter account to focus on football.
So focused is Bridgewater, who said he came to Louisville to "win rings, not a Heisman," that he doesn't want the university to launch a promotion for the award. Bridgewater, who is 26 days older than last year's Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, said he wants to avoid the spotlight and avoid the "gotcha" factor that exists because of cell phone cameras and social media.
Bridgewater is also on the Maxwell Award watch list, the player of the year award in college football, the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Davey O'Brien (top quarterback) watch lists. The reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Year is first in Louisville history in completion percentage (66.5), third in passing efficiency (148.87), fifth in touchdowns (41) and sixth in passing yards (5,847) entering his second full season as a starter. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville...Bridgewater joins the 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner, Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), and 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State), along with semifinalists Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama), and Aaron Murray (Georgia). Last season's BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Bridgewater guided the Cardinals to an 11-2 record, a BIG EAST title and a win over fourth-ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl in which he was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
The Miami, Fla., native directed a Louisville offense that was vastly improved last season, averaging 31.2 points per game and 418.8 yards of total offense per game. Starting 11 games, Bridgewater threw for 3,718 yards per game and 27 touchdowns to earn first team All-BIG EAST accolades. Known for his accuracy, Bridgewater completed 68.5 percent of his throws and tossed a career-low eight interceptions. He recorded a new career high by passing for 424 yards in a loss to Syracuse and also passed for 416 yards in a win over Cincinnati in overtime. - Louisville football
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville...Bridgewater also was listed on the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien watch lists. Last season's BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Bridgewater guided the Cardinals to an 11-2 record, a BIG EAST title and a win over fourth-ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl in which he was named the game's Most Valuable Player. The Miami, Fla., native directed a Louisville offense that was vastly improved last season, averaging 31.2 points per game and 418.8 yards of total offense per game. Starting 11 games, Bridgewater threw for 3,718 yards per game and 27 touchdowns to earn first team All-BIG EAST accolades.
Known for his accuracy, Bridgewater completed 68.5 percent of his throws and tossed a career-low eight interceptions. He recorded a new career high by passing for 424 yards in a loss to Syracuse and also passed for 416 yards in a win over Cincinnati in overtime. He is steadily approaching many of Louisville's all-time records in only one full year as a starter. The 6-foot-3 signal caller sits first in completion percentage (66.5), third in passing efficiency (148.87), fifth in touchdowns (41), and sixth in passing yards (5,847). - Louisville football
07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville...Bridgewater, widely considered one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, is poised to lead a Cardinals' offense that returns seven starters and averaged over 30 points a game last year. In guiding the Cardinals to an 11-2 record last year and a Sugar Bowl win over fourth-ranked Florida, Bridgewater, who was voted the game's Most Valuable Player and the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, threw for a career-best 3,718 yards and 27 touchdown last season. Starting 11 games, the Miami, Fla., native completed 68.5 percent of his throws and tossed just eight interceptions en route to being named first team All-BIG EAST Conference and an honorable mention All-American. - Louisville football
07/12/2013 - When a team surges into the national spotlight, as Louisville has done under Charlie Strong, there comes a new level of attention from the NFL. Cardinals' quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is considered to be one of the top draft-eligible quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft class, and agents have apparently been working to get in with the other potential pro prospects on Louisville's roster. Strong told Sports Illustrated that he has asked agents to cease contact with the players and their families. Louisville's athletic department sent a letter to agents last week with the request, and Strong says he will take action if that request is ignored. "I will cut [the agents] off if they continue to contact them," Strong told SI. "At the end of the season, I will make sure you have no chance to represent our players. Not that I'm being arrogant, but I want to put a statement out there: You continue to mess with our players, this is what we're going to do."
Louisville plans to hold a panel for players to meet potential agents at the end of the season. Strong has asked players to turn in numbers of any agents who contact them, so that those agents will be prevented from joining the panel. The Cardinals did not have a single player selected in the 2013 draft, but that is beginning to change now that Strong's recruiting classes are becoming draft eligible. Strong and his staff have been able to use former connections in the Southeast to bring in players from Florida, Georgia and the surrounding areas. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
05/28/2013 - Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater asked the school not to promote him as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Schools spend lots of money to campaign players for the trophy that rewards the best player in college football. However, Bridgewater does not want to be at the center of individual hoopla, according to WDRB.com. "We're going to let Teddy go and play," Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. "Teddy doesn't want to let people down and he doesn't want all of the attention. He wants to win first and foremost."
Bridgewater has been considered a Heisman Trophy candidate since the end of last season, when he lifted the Cardinals to a win over Rutgers despite playing with a broken wrist and sprained ankle. He then led Louisville to a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida.
At first, Bridgewater said he would not mind if the school campaigned him for the Heisman. "Not at all," he said in April. "It's something that I've been training for my whole life to be in these shoes, and at this stage, I don't see anything wrong with it." But he has since changed his mind. "He went to the coaches not wanting a Heisman-type campaign," football sports information director Rocco Gasparro said. "He wanted it to be about team and if we won as a team, individual recognition would come anyway. It says a lot about the character of Teddy, I think, and how much his team means to him."
Bridgewater said he does not want the hype because the Heisman is not a priority for him. "I don't pay attention to it," he said. "I'm all about this team. I'm all about the team having success. I'm all about my teammates becoming better players. The Heisman isn't a goal of mine. A team effort, a national championship, a BCS game, those are our goals." - The Sports Xchange