Teddy Bridgewater not interested in Heisman Trophy
Whether we give him the necessary acknowledgement it or not, he will likely be in the Heisman race this upcoming season and is the catalyst for an offense that can score on anyone (see Florida).
With the Cardinals poised to take the Big East Conference this fall and potentially compete as a dark horse national championship contender, an undefeated record is nowhere out of the question, making a Heisman all-the-more attainable.
But don’t tell Bridgewater that. Seriously. He doesn’t care.
“I don’t pay any attention to that,” said Bridgewater, following the team’s first spring practice of the year. “I’m all about this team and all about this team having success. I’m all about my team becoming better players. It’s a team effort. The national championship; BCS game – that’s all we’re looking forward to.
“It’s going to take all 22 guys including special teams each week, day-in and day-out,” he added. “Right now we just have to stay together, not listen to the outsiders and trust each other. …nothing is given, nothing is handed to you.”
Bridgewater, who will be a junior this season, completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 3,718 yards, 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions en route to an 11-2 record (5-2 Big East).
With plenty of weapons to choose from in his arsenal – including newcomers TE Gerald Christian, WR Robert Clark and WR James Quick – those stats could explode into some real Heisman-worthy numbers.
Include a weak non-conference schedule and a favorable home schedule against conference opponents, and Bridgewater could be toe-to-toe with Johnny Manziel and Braxton Miller by December.
Either way, he’s just focused on becoming a better player, leader and getting his team back to the BCS.
“I just want to improve my performance and become more of a leader,” he said. “It has to come naturally – from within. … I want to be out there and be a captain and to help the younger guys learn their assignments.”
Louisville’s spring practice session will conclude on April 13, when it holds its annual Red and White game.
*All quotes were obtained first-hand.