Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater focusing on team, not Heisman campaign

Thursday May 23rd, 2013

(Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater threw for 3,718 yards and 27 TDs as a sophomore. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater capped a stellar sophomore season by passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns to spark the Cardinals' upset of Florida in the Sugar Bowl. The win effectively launched Bridgewater's candidacy for the 2013 Heisman race, but the quarterback wants to slow the campaign before it fully gets off the ground.

Bridgewater met with head coach Charlie Strong and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson to request that the program focus on the team rather than his individual Heisman campaign, according to WDRB in Louisville. Strong said the team will honor its star player's request.

"We're going to let Teddy go and play," Strong said. "Teddy doesn't want to let people down and he doesn't want all of the attention. He wants to win first and foremost." Bridgewater's request shouldn't affect his chances for college football's most prestigious award. He's already on the short list of early Heisman candidates, and SI.com's Chris Burke pegged Bridgewater as the second overall pick in his early 2014 NFL mock draft. As a sophomore last season, Bridgewater threw for 3,718 yards (third all-time at Louisville) and 27 touchdowns (tied for fourth) while garnering Big East Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All Big East honors.

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