Teddy Bridgewater will start at quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals this Thursday night against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the Big East championship game. Bridgewater broke his non-throwing wrist on Saturday during the Cardinals embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Connecticut Huskies.
Head coach Charlie Strong confirmed that although Bridgewater will wear a protective cast on the wrist, he will still be able to start. He actually suffered the injury late in the first half and was able to comeback and rally the Cardinals to at least force overtime against the Huskies. Since it’s on the non-throwing hand, tossing the football may not be an issue, but taking a snap certainly could be.
Strong went on to say that the Cardinals have to improve their protection when it comes to Bridgewater. The mobile pivot was sacked four times on Saturday and they will especially need to keep him upright now that his wrist is broken. Senior backup Will Stein stepped in briefly against the Huskies and went 5-for-12 for just 43 yards. So saying Louisville needs Bridgewater at the helm is a major understatement.
Despite both teams suffering bad losses this past weekend, there is still plenty on the line this Thursday night. Should the Scarlet Knights win they would take the conference outright and head to a BCS bowl. If the Cardinals win, they would still share the Big East title with Rutgers, but would find their way to a BCS game based on a head-to-head tiebreaker.
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