NCAA Football

Teddy Bridgewater Bulked Up At Louisville

Part of the big expectations for Louisville football this season revolve around the obvious talent of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Apparently, the team star has taken the word “big” to hear this offseason.

In an effort to become strong and more durable this season, Bridgewater added 27 pounds of muscle since the end of last season. In 2001, Bridgewater arrived on campus lithe and athletic — 6-foot-3, 179 pounds — but seemingly unable to survive the rigors of the position and take full advantage of plays that could be called for an athlete of his caliber.

Through a program of extra calorie intake and working out, Bridgewater is up to 218 pounds in Louisville camp.

“I feel great,” Bridgewater said. “A lot of the weight is in my arms and legs, so it helps me as far as throwing the ball and being more explosive. With the way I have been throwing the ball, I know I have built up my muscle endurance.”

The 2011 Big East Newcomer of the Year is one of the most talked about players in the conference this summer. If he can stay healthy and strong, the sky’s the limit.

As the fall progresses, keep an eye on Bridgewater’s progression and play late in the 4th quarter. If he is fresher and stronger than defenders, the bulk is working.

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Joe Giglio is the ACC and Big East football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

Joe is also the host of Charm City Sports Talk on WNST.net in Baltimore and member of the Society of American Baseball Research.