Teddy Bridgewater is a really good quarterback who will likely be among the first selections in next spring’s NFL draft.
But he’s not going to win the Heisman Trophy this year.
This was abundantly clear after seeing how he and his team looked in defeating Rutgers, 24-10, on Thursday night.
Bridgewater’s production was fine. He went 21 of 31 for 310 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
But Bridgewater can’t have ‘fine’ numbers and win the Heisman. His main problem going forward is that his statistics likely won’t end up being good enough to overcome the accurate perception that he plays against a very weak schedule. The memory of that Sugar Bowl win over Florida last season is fading and his team has not exactly been gangbusters against some lesser foes this year (see: less-than-impressive wins over Kentucky, Temple, Rutgers).
As it stands, Bridgewater is on pace to have a very good statistical season. Projecting his numbers out, we’re looking at 3,744 passing yards, 36 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions.
But, given the schedule he has faced, voters are expecting more. Bridgewater toils in an offensive system that may make NFL dinosaurs smile, but it doesn’t allow the talented junior to keep up with the production of his Heisman competition. Given his schedule, I thought Bridgewater needed to approach 50 touchdown passes to win the Heisman. But I don’t see that happening at this point.
See you in the NFL, Teddy.