I think it’s safe to say that Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely leave a year early and enter his name in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Miami native is projected to be the first quarterback and maybe even the first pick overall in next year’s draft. Of course Bridgewater could decide he wants to stay in school for a senior season in the ACC, but he’ll definitely have the option to go pro after his junior year if he chooses.
At this point, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying that Bridgewater very well may be the best quarterback to play at Louisville when it’s all said and done. Despite shying away from a formal Heisman campaign, Bridgewater still has a chance to be a finalist for the award.
Many of the national college football media outlets have jumped on the Louisville bandwagon for the 2013 season. Not only because Charlie Strong returns nearly everyone from last year’s Sugar Bowl team, but because Louisville has one of the best quarterbacks in the country. However, there is one outlet, LindysSports.com, that isn’t quite buying the Bridgewater hype.
Lindy’s releases a national college football preview magazine each year. They’ve been doing so for decades. Prior to the internet, Lindy’s, along with Athlon Sports were the two main college football preview magazines.
Lindy’s ranks Louisville 10th in their preseason top 25, which isn’t too surprising. I’ve seen the Cards ranked anywhere from 4-12. I suppose you could make a case for why they would put Louisville at No. 10, but the biggest shocker to me is the fact that they have Teddy Bridgewater ranked as the 7th best quarterback in the country.
Lindy’s Top 10 QB’s
1.) Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
2.) Braxton Miller, Ohio State
3.) AJ McCarron, Alabama
4.) Tahj Boyd, Clemson
5.) Aaron Murray, South Carolina
6.) Marcus Mariota, Oregon
7.) Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
8.) Derek Carr, Fresno State
9.) Brett Hundley, UCLA
10.) Bryn Renner, North Carolina
I’d hate to act like “that fan” that says Teddy Bridgewater should be ranked No. 1 by a landslide, but I don’t think you’ll find many other publications that would rank him at No.7. I’d say most would have him in the top three, or top five at worst.