I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong about something. When it came to the quarterback position for the Louisville Cardinals in 2011, I was completely wrong. I felt confident that Will Stein was capable of being the starting quarterback for Louisville for the entire season. While 5-star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was on the roster, I just thought he’d need some time to physically mature. One year later, Bridgewater is being mentioned as a potential Heisman hopeful and Will Stein likely won’t see the field unless it’s a blowout or Teddy gets hurt. I was completely wrong about Bridgewater. I still stand by my thoughts on Stein.
A talent like Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t come around too often. As long as he’s on the Louisville roster and healthy, Teddy will be your starting quarterback for the Cardinals. But that doesn’t mean senior Will Stein isn’t capable of leading the offense if he has to.
Some people forget that in two games last season, Stein completed 47 of 75 passes for 575 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception. He did that without any protection from the offensive line. In no way am I trying to say that Stein should be playing over Bridgewater, what I’m saying is that Stein is a solid back-up. This team is BCS bowl material with Teddy at the helm, but if Stein has to fill in for a series or two this season, let’s not panic.
Charlie Strong and the entire Louisville staff have publicly credited Stein as being a huge part of Bridgewater’s progression during the offseason. Having Stein continue to push him has kept Teddy working very hard. Although Bridgewater is the starter, Stein has in fact been somewhat of a mentor to the younger prodigy.