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Monday, September 3, 2012
Player of the Week: Big East

By Matt Fortuna

Not even Teddy Bridgewater's coach could have expected the effort the sophomore quarterback put forth Sunday against Kentucky.

"If I go back to his spring practice, he had similar numbers in spring practice," Louisville coach Charlie Strong said Monday, adding, "But to come against a really good defense and coming out of the Southeastern Conference, you would not have expected that so early."

Strong words for the reigning Big East freshman of the year, who managed to look better than advertised in Week 1. Bridgewater completed 19 of 21 passes for 232 yards in a 32-14 rout of the rival Wildcats, and he got to call it a day late in the third quarter for his efforts.

Bridgewater got things started early, leading the Cardinals 99 yards to a touchdown on their first drive of the game, a scoring chance made possible by his big 23-yard completion to Damian Copeland from the 2-yard line on third-and-9.

Lousiville's next two scores came on drives that lasted 85 and 93 yards, respectively.

There was simply no stopping Bridgewater and the Cardinal offense Sunday, as it racked up 466 total yards.

Bridgewater set a school record for a single-game completion percentage. He certainly benefited from a strong performance up front, as the offensive line allowed two different Cardinal running backs to eclipse 100 yards on the day.

It's only one week into the season, but Bridgewater looks like he has picked up right where he left off in 2011, and that could mean big things for the preseason conference favorites.