Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Week 7 Scouting Notes: Teddy Bridgewater and More from Louisville-Rutgers

Much has been made of Louisville’s weak schedule this season, with last Thursday night’s game against Rutgers viewed as their stiffest challenge. The Scarlet Knights have a talented defense with a few NFL prospects of their own and while the Cardinals won 24-10, the score wasn’t indicative of how close this game actually was. While the broadcasters lamented what this performance meant for Louisville’s BCS Championship hopes as well as Teddy Bridgewater’s Heisman resume, none of that affects how we evaluate player performances for the next level.

(JR) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (#5), 6’3, 196

Bridgewater didn’t have his best day against Rutgers but still put together a good stat line, completing 21-of-31 passes for 310 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He left a third touchdown on the field after a great pump fake freed up Damian Copeland, but Bridgewater’s pass led the wide open Copeland out of bounds when he had plenty of room to the inside. This may have been an overcompensation for his interception earlier in the game, when Bridgewater put extra air under a deep pass into the endzone that he left too far inside, allowing the safety to come over for the pick. If Bridgewater had lofted this ball to his receiver’s outside shoulder or thrown it on more of a line to the inside, he would have had 3 or maybe even 4 touchdown passes in the game.

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