Louisville Defense Takes Care Of UConn As QB Teddy Bridgewater Not At Top Form

By Nate Miller
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Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a native son of Miami, Florida. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the NFL’s only teams that remain winless this season. Both are logical destinations for the junior should he decide to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the draft next spring.

As it pertains to NFL scouts and the 2014 Draft, this season has turned into a weekly audition process for Bridgewater. Though he did manage a decent effort that included 288 yards and a score in the 31-10 victory over the UConn Huskies, Friday night’s performance was definitely not his best. He finished the contest with a season-low 56.8 completion percentage and threw just his third interception of the season.

Behind his 2,845 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, Bridgewater has led Louisville to a record of 8-1. However, the success of the team has also been due in large part to a talented defense which was in top form versus UConn. Even factoring in the 38 points allowed in their only loss of the season to Central Florida on Oct. 18, the Cardinals’ defensive unit has held opponents to 10.5 points per game.

Bridgewater will look to make up some ground on his fringe Heisman candidacy and NFL Draft stock on Saturday, Nov. 16 when the Houston Cougars come to town for an important American Athletic Conference matchup. The Louisville defense will likewise need to be prepared to step up big on the other side of the ball as Houston brings in one of the most prolific offenses in the nation.

Nate Miller is an Atlanta Braves writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Miller_RotoRant, add him to your network on Google or like him on Facebook.

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