In what is getting to be routine for Heisman Trophy candidate Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, it was another day at the office — except this was the kind of big plush office that the quarterback will be working out of in the next few seasons in an NFL stadium.
The most interesting thing about Bridgewater’s day was that he was playing at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, who can only hope to be fortunate enough to be in a position to draft him next season. Bridgewater is the current projected first pick of the NFL draft.
Bridgewater, a junior who will no doubt come out to collect the big bucks, did nothing to hurt his Heisman chances in a workmanlike 30-7 win over Temple, completing 25-of-35 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns in the American Athletic Conference opener for the No. 7-ranked Cardinals.
Some say Bridgewater’s schedule will hurt his chances for the trophy, but he can only play the teams in front of him and he’s playing at a high level.
Bridgewater displayed all the qualities that make him so attractive to the pros: a big-time arm and ability to escape, in addition to pinpoint accuracy and an ability to decipher any defensive look. No one expected Bridgewater to break a sweat and he didn’t, even in the unusual 85-degree October Philadelphia heat. The Cardinals were on cruise control against the Owls, who are winless under first-year coach Matt Rhule.
Despite the Cardinals playing their starters in the entire second half, Temple held Louisville to just two field goals the rest of the way.
Bridgewater’s first half, though, was all his team needed and all that the Heisman committee needed to put another positive check mark next to his name.