Should Louisville Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater Be the Heisman Favorite Heading Into 2013?

By Dan Parzych

It’s one thing to beat one of the top teams in the country, but what the Louisville Cardinals did to the Florida Gators in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the college football season. Thanks to a strong performance by Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals shocked the world with their 33-23 win over the Gators–setting high expectations next season not just as contenders for the National Championship, but for the Heisman as well.

As difficult as it is to look ahead that far down the road, there’s no reason why Bridgewater shouldn’t have his name near the top of the list heading into next season considering everything he accomplished in 2012. Along with the win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Bridgewater was nothing short of phenomenal for the Cardinals this past season as he threw for 3,718 yards with 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

For a sophomore quarterback–that’s beyond impressive.

If Bridgewater displays these types of numbers as a sophomore, just imagine what he’ll accomplish as a junior now that he has another season of experience under his belt. Bridgewater seems like the type of player that will just get better and better each season before making the jump into the NFL and with everything he accomplished this past season–the quarterback will certainly be one of the top players to keep an eye on heading into the 2013 season.

And if Bridgewater lives up to the high expectations–there’s no question his name will be on the list of Heisman candidates throughout the regular season.

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