Teddy Bridgewater Should Top Heisman Watch After First 2 Weeks

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 07:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass during the game against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The numbers tell the story. 

Two games, 752 passing yards, nine touchdowns, one interception, a 76.6 completion percentage, two wins. 

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your Heisman Trophy front-runner, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Sure, those wins came against Ohio and Eastern Kentucky, two teams he should put up huge numbers against. Sure, the toughest game on the schedule is Cincinnati, a team that is not even currently ranked. 

And sure, other contenders will emerge. Braxton Miller. Marcus Mariota. Tajh Boyd. Perhaps Jameis Winston. Oh, and that Johnny Manziel guy. We can't forget about him. Heck, we aren't allowed to. 

But while Bridgewater's strength of opponent will be held against him, plenty of other factors will play in his favor:

  • His numbers will be gaudy. If you were impressed by 3,718 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and a 68.5 completion percentage a year ago, he's going to knock your socks off this season. 
  • He's the anti-Johnny Football. Whereas last season's winner, Manziel, can't seem to keep his name out of the headlines for all the wrong reasons, Bridgewater only turns heads on the football field. That will be a factor for voters after Manziel's whirlwind of an offseason.
  • He's the best quarterback in the nation and could possibly play himself into position to be the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft ahead of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney

People can kill Louisville for playing an easy schedule, but does anyone really doubt Bridgewater's ability to come through in the clutch against elite competition after he skewered Florida last January, throwing for 266 yards and two touchdown's in Louisville's 33-23 win?

And it looks like a new nickname may be making the rounds for him as well, according to Bob Young of AZCentral.com, which is always a good sign for a Heisman hopeful. How does "Teddy Touchdown" sound? Pretty catchy, right? 

Add it all up and you have a player who currently boasts the most impressive Heisman case we have in the early college football season. This could all change, of course, if Manziel beats Alabama again, if Miller leads Ohio State to another undefeated season or if Tajh Boyd turns a victory over Georgia into a national championship run. 

But for now, place your bets on Teddy Touchdown. 


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