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Teddy Bridgewater Builds Heisman Hype In Season Opener

Heading into the 2013 college football season, the two players with the most hype surrounding them were Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel. Some of the hype is well deserved, but some of it is created due to media frenzy.

But if there is one player who should have more hype than both of those players, it’s Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater was phenomenal in 2012, throwing for 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes and only throwing eight interceptions.

His play had NFL scouts drooling over him, but heading into the 2013 season he still wasn’t getting the hype that some other players were receiving.

After his play Sunday, it looks like the hype-train finally took off for Bridgewater. He completed 23-of-28 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns versus one interception, with four of the touchdowns coming in the first half.

Bridgewater looked cool and calm with his deliveries, showing off great arm strength to go along with outstanding accuracy on short, medium and long range throws all day long. The one interception was more of the receiver’s fault than his, and he was near perfect on the day.

With the remaining schedule for the Cardinals and the outstanding play of Bridgewater, many are predicting an undefeated season for the team as well as another BCS Bowl appearance.

With all the attention built off his play from yesterday, many are starting to name Bridgewater as possible Heisman frontrunner. If he continues putting up numbers like yesterday, that is extremely possible.

It doesn’t end there either, as many are saying Bridgewater might be a better NFL prospect than Clowney. Only time will tell, but there is no denying Bridgewater’s talent.

Erik Sargent is a college football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.