The 16 semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien award, the award given to the nation’s best quarterback, were named on Monday, and Teddy Bridgewater found his name on the list. Other notable semifinalist include Kansas State’s Colin Klein, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones.
Through seven games, Bridgewater has thrown for 1694 yards and 11 TDs with a completion percentage of 73.4%. While that is an impressive statline, it does not tell the whole story for Bridgewater, who has come through in the clutch multiple times this season. Against Pittsburgh, when down 21-17, Bridgewater threw a long TD to Devante Parker to take the lead, and then continued to stretch out Louisville lead until they eventually won 45-35. Against South Florida, Louisville found themselves down 25-21 with only three minutes left. Bridgewtaer marched the offense down the field by scrambling and completing all but two passes. Bridgewater eventually found Eli Rogers in the endzone for the game winning TD.
The bottom line is that Bridgewater has all the physical and mental tools to be a Heisman level quarterback, and while Davey O’Brien semifinalist may be enough this year, next time around Bridgewater will have his sights on much greater accolades.