NFL decision looms for Teddy Bridgewater
Following his career-high 447 yard, four-touchdown (one rush) performance against Miami (Fla.) in a monumental 39-6 win in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Bridgewater wanted to make it clear that he hadn’t made a decision yet.
“I'm not setting any type of date or time frame,” said Bridgewater during Louisville’s post-game press conference on Saturday. “January 15 you have to make a decision, so I'm going to sit down, talk with my mom, talk with my coaches and talk to some of my mentors and just go from there.”
Bridgewater, who led the Cardinals to a 12-1 record while finishing with the NCAA’s second-best completion percentage (71.0 percent) for 3,970 yards, 31 touchdowns and four interceptions, is projected to be the No. 1 overall selection in May’s draft to the Houston Texans by WalterFootball.com.
Whether that stands to be true or he ends up falling a few spots, it would be difficult to argue a decision to enter the draft. There’s not much waiting for him at the college level other than a conference switch to the ACC, but it’s not like playing against stiffer competition will improve his draft stock.
He’s already shown that he can dominate against quality opponents on a national stage with convincing wins over Miami and the Florida Gators, all while earning a four-year degree in sports management.
But right now, Bridgewater wants to focus on Louisville and celebrating the win with his teammates. The rest can come later.
“As of now, it's not about me,” he said. “It's about this team. We want to celebrate tonight's victory. Each of us will have a decision to make, whether it's the seniors, or underclassmen, we all have decisions to make but tonight we want to focus on this game and get this game out of the way and now we just want to celebrate and enjoy this moment.”
*All quotes were obtained first hand.
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