Louisville Football in ESPN’s Spotlight

Jan 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) looks to the bench late in the second half of the Sugar Bowl against the Florida Gators at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville football players, and the football program as a whole, are making headlines yet again this week.  Analysts are still raving over Teddy Bridgewater and the return of Dominique Brown is getting attention as well.

ESPN’s own Mel Kiper Jr., a college football analyst, picked Bridgewater as his number two college prospect for the NFL next year. Kiper Jr. said this about the Louisville quarterback:

He’s not a finished product, but that’s what should excite evaluators about Bridgewater. Bridgewater never looks overwhelmed, and comfortably works his eyes across the field. When he sees a target — or more likely, a receiver who will come open — he has a quick release, plenty of arm strength and good ball placement. He has a chance to have a huge year.

Not sure how much stock to put into this, seeing as he was 0 for 32 in first round draft predictions this year, but still cool to see. Kiper Jr. is not the only one who has Teddy that high on his board. Todd McShay, another college analyst for ESPN, also has Bridgewater as his number two player. McShay had this to say:

Bridgewater has a quick release, above-average accuracy and is a good athlete who can buy time and pick up the occasional first down with his feet. He’s at his best in the pocket, though, from which he can pick apart defenses with his brain and arm. He sees the entire field and does not get stuck on his primary target. Bridgewater is also tough — he played through a wrist injury in 2012 — has the right temperament for the position and is coming off a career game in the Allstate Sugar Bowl win over Florida.

The top three prospects in both Kiper Jr. and McShay’s board are juniors.

November 25, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Dominique Brown (10) runs with the ball during the second half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium. Louisville won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Andrea Adelson, an ESPN Big East blogger, wrote an article on Dominique Brown today. It was a great piece on Brown’s return to football this year. Brown was recruited to Louisville as a quarterback and converted to running back when Teddy stepped in two years ago. He sat out all last year with a knee injury and is a red shirt sophomore this season. He looks to have a break out season and joins the long list of running backs this year. The article can be read in its entirety here.

The football program as a whole is being noticed by ESPN. Louisville’s first game against Ohio University will be aired nationally on ESPN. The game has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and will show off the first game on the new turf. It was moved to be placed in ESPN’s opening week of college football.

It is a great time to be a Louisville fan.

Topics: Dominique Brown, Louisville Football, Teddy Bridgewater

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