There’s no real way to explain just what is going on at the University of Louisville.
In four short months, the school has seen an explosion of athletic success that has been unprecedented.
Teddy Bridgewater and his football teammates have noticed and they can’t wait for the football season to begin. They’re hungry for more and its Bridgewater who can’t wait to lead them to it. The third-year quarterback has turned heads ever since he arrived on campus following a successful career at Miami Northwestern.
Even before his team’s success in New Orleans, Bridgewater has been building national attention for his play and many have him as a possible candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
Bridgewater spoke with Sentinel recently about his focus in spring, leaving his legacy at Louisville and why he would prefer a national title over a Heisman Trophy.
Q: What is your focus this spring?
Teddy Bridgewater: Pretty much just cleaning up my game. I’m just trying to do the little things right all the time and become more of a vocal leader.
Q: How important is it for you to build up that leadership as you go on?
TB: It’s very important because now that I’ve been under center going on three years now and I have that experience, guys tend to look up to me now. Guys rely on me more. So, to just be able to motivate them when they are down or when they have a bad play … it’s very important for this team.
Q: Your experience in the Sugar Bowl, what was that like?
TB: The Sugar Bowl ended that night so right now we are just trying to develop chemistry and trying to polish up our passing game. Getting our wide receivers spaced up and just making our plays look like the drawing in our play books.
Q: Did you expect to have the kind of success that you did against Florida?
TB: Going into that game, we knew that the Florida Gators hadn’t faced a team like us and hadn’t faced a quarterback who knew the things that I knew. Basically, [Offensive coordinator] Coach [Shawn] Watson called up a great game plan and he called up the plays that attacked their weaknesses. It just helped me out and helped the team out as well.
Q: How important is it to leave your legacy at Louisville?
TB: It’s very important, but that’s something I don’t pay attention to … Your legacy will be remembered by the amount of games you win and by the way you play.
Q: How big of an impact have Coach Shawn Watson and Coach Charlie Strong had on you as a player?
TB: They have impacted me in enormous ways. Not just on the field, but off the field also. They are there for me if I call on them, but as far as on the field, they give me the keys to the offense and they tell me that the team is mine so I pretty much try to just continue to grow under them.
Q: I have to ask, what’s with the gum? Are you superstitious in any way?
TB: I just love to chew gum during a game and I chew gum when I take exams also because it just relaxes my mind. It takes you to another place. Back in high school, I used to chew Double Mint, but once I came to college, I’ve been introduced to Bazooka.