Teddy Bridgewater and the rest of the Miami Northwestern High School alumni on the Louisville roster will go up against five of their former teammates this Saturday as the take on Florida International.
One particular name that you may hear quite a bit during Saturday’s game is back-up quarterback E.J. Hilliard, who is expected to start in place of the injured Jake Medlock. During FIU’s loss to Bethune-Cookman last weekend, Medlock left the game with a concussion.
Hilliard, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, sophomore was Teddy Bridgewater’s back-up quarterback during their time at Miami Northwestern High School. He’s not the only player on the FIU roster that is very familiar with Bridgewater. The Panthers starting center, Donald Senat, was the center for Bridgewater’s sophomore and junior seasons in Miami.
If you remember, during last year’s game against Louisville, Hilliard received his first snap as a college quarterback and played particularly well. He completed 9-of-10 passes for 82-yards and one touchdown. Although he’s been the back-up, Hilliard has played in all three games for FIU thus far.
“I think he’s done a good job. He’s got a good grasp of what we’re doing. He manages the huddle well,” FIU head coach Ron Turner told the Miami Herald on Tuesday. “He hasn’t had a ton of opportunities but when he has, he’s done OK. I’ve got confidence in E.J. if he’s the guy going in there.”
I suppose Hilliard may see this as some extra motivation to go out and prove himself not only to one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but also to the guy who beat him out for a job in high school.