Top stats to know: Bridgewater to NFL
January, 1, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Al Diaz/Miami Herald, Getty ImagesTeddy Bridgewater is running right into the NFL
1—- Bridgewater ranked in the top five in the FBS in Total QBR (84.5), completion percentage (71 percent), touchdown-to-interception ratio (31 to 4) and interception percentage (0.9) this season. He threw only four interceptions in 427 pass attempts.
2—- Bridgewater showed significant improvement after becoming Louisville’s full-time starting quarterback in 2011. That season, he ranked 86th among FBS quarterbacks in Total QBR. He upped that to ninth in 2012 and third in 2013. Bridgewater’s QBR did come down a little bit in his last five games of the season. He posted a 73.8 Total QBR over that stretch, which ranked 38th in FBS.
Bridgewater’s overall numbers may have benefited from the opponents he faced. He made eight starts this season against teams that finished with a losing overall record, tied for second-most in FBS.
3-- Bridgewater this season showed his ability to handle pressure, completing 67 percent of his passes and throwing just one interception in 103 attempts when facing the blitz prior to bowl season.
4-- Bridgewater is expected to go very high in the NFL Draft. He could become the first quarterback in school history to be drafted in the first round.
Browning Nagle holds the distinction of being the highest-drafted quarterback in school history. He was selected 34th by the Jets in 1991 and started 14 games in his NFL career.
The last Cardinals quarterback selected was Brian Brohm, who was picked 56th by the Packers in 2008.
Only one player from Louisville has been selected in the first 10 picks in the common draft era: Defensive Tackle Amobi Okoye was taken 10th by the Texans in the 2007 Draft.
5-- Bridgewater went out on a high note. He capped his collegiate career with one of his best games, throwing for a career-high 447 yards and setting a new single-season school record for touchdown passes to lead Louisville to a 36-9 win over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Cardinals tied a school record with 12 wins this season and became the second team to beat Miami and Florida in bowl games in back-to-back seasons. The other was Nebraska, who beat Miami in the 1995 Orange Bowl (1994 season) and Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl (1995 season).