Teddy Bridgewater: Louisville QB Launches Career with Epic Sugar Bowl Outing

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after their 33 to 23 win over the Florida Gators in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The No. 21 ranked Louisville Cardinals pulled off a massive upset of the No. 3 ranked Florida Gators on Wednesday night in the Sugar Bowl.

In the process, Cardinals sophomore signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater put himself on the map and lived up to the immense promise he has displayed over the past two seasons in Louisville.

Bridgewater connected on 20 of 32 passes for 266 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while leading his squad to a 33-23 victory over the heavily favored Gators.

As a result of this performance—which came at the expense of the No. 5 ranked defense in the country—there are now huge expectations on the young man’s shoulders going into his junior campaign.

The 2013 season will be the third act of Bridgewater’s collegiate career, one that began with so much raw promise and has blossomed into actual on-field production.

We knew the young QB was ready for prime time when he was able to vanquish Louisville’s Big East rival, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, in the season finale—a must-win game that had BCS implications.

Most impressively, Bridgewater led a second-half comeback with a broken wrist and sprained ankle that severely limited nearly everything but his throwing arm and his heart.

It was a gritty display that proved he has finally developed into the elite passer that many thought he would be when he first came to the Kentucky-based University.

Now, after beating UF in one of the most prestigious bowl games in college history and earning MVP honors in the process, Bridgewater has become a household name.

The only place to go from here is up, and we expect the Cardinals QB will be on almost every preseason watch list and a legitimate Heisman candidate next year to boot.

Don’t sleep on Teddy Bridgewater becoming one of the premier players in all of college football, as he just revealed he has the ability to beat anyone, any place, at any time.