Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 7/4/13
We watched Teddy Bridgewater’s brilliance all season last year, but most pundits didn’t catch wind of the then-sophomore quarterback until Louisville upset Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Well, one thing is for certain, and that is that there will be a ton of focus on Bridgewater as he goes under center for his junior campaign. We are still a little less than two months away from football, but ESPN’s College Football Live decided to catch up with Teddy. They started off with some numbers: His 27 touchdowns last year were three shy of Brian Brohm’s school record of 30. Last year he threw for over 3,700 yards. This year he will look to become third U of L QB to eclipse the 4,000 yard mark. He completed 68.5% of his passes last year, which ranked 6th in the FBS. According to USA Today, Bridgewater is tied with T.J. Sheldon of Alabama as the favorite to win the Heisman at 6-to-1. He then spoke with the crew. He opened with: “I’m one of those guys that let my actions speak louder than words and let my actions speak for themself,” said Bridgewater. “I just want to be one of those guys that get the guys motivated in the locker room or if a guy is having a bad day in the locker room lift their spirits up.” On the Rutgers win: “It just showed that no matter how hurt I am or how down I am, I’m going to lay it all down on the line for my teammates and my team. I went into the game feeling very comfortable because we had a good game plan and my teammates would back me up.” On whether he has ever met a receive that wasn’t open: “(Chuckles) Not really, but it’s pretty simple. We have a system here and we go through our progressions. I pretty much know where the ball is going to go before I snap it based on my movement. So if a guy complains about being open I just say hey you weren’t a part of my progression.” ESPN’s Trevor Matich then spoke about Sean Watson’s scheme for Bridgewater and the Cards. He explained how it’s all about exposing the one defensive player that’s in a bind and that there is one player in a bind every play. Bridgewater is excellent at reading the defense and finding his open man due to the defensive player being in the bind. He also spoke to opposing defensive coordinators about why their offense is so tough to stop. For the most part they said you can’t stop the pass, so you have to stop the run and limit the pass. You have to create tighter windows to throw the ball for Bridgewater. Problem is that Teddy can still stick it in those tight windows. His accuracy is unreal. Prior to last year, national media wasn’t talking much about Bridgewater at all. Now we’re seeing features on ESPN about him in July. It will be interesting to see how he performs now that the spot light is on him. But, if the past has showed us anything, it’s that Bridgewater will meet this challenge just as he has everything else.
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