Archive for December, 2011

December 19, 2011

Belk Bowl – Running Back Comparison


Louisville
Despite getting off to a slow start running the football, Louisville found its ground game toward the end of the year. The Cardinals averaged 135.0 yards per game over the last six contests, going over the 100-yard mark in each of those games.  In contrast, the Cardinals were held to fewer than 100 yards in three of the first six games.

Louisville has taken the running back by committee approach with three backs totaling more than 330 yards, and no one with more than 500. Converted quarterback Dominique Brown leads the Cards’ rushing attack with 482 yards and four scores, while Victor Anderson emerged late in the season and has rushed for 478 yards and three scores. Louisville is 7-2 this year when rushing for more than 100 yards.

NC State
For the most part in 2011, NC State exhibited great improvement rushing the football. In road losses at Cincinnati, Florida State and Boston College, rushing was atrocious, as the team fell behind early and fought to come back (-26 rushing at Cincinnati, 36 at FSU at 47 at BC). In the other eight games, however, State averaged 155 rushing yards per game.

The Wolfpack has had four individual 100+ yard performances this season, one by Curtis Underwood and three by James Washington. That marks the first time since 2007 that has occurred and, if a State player is to reach the century mark in terms of rushing again in the bowl game, it will mark the first time since 2002 that it’s happened five times in a season.

December 15, 2011

Belk Bowl – Quarterback Comparison

Dec. 15, 2011

Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the 2011 Belk Bowl. In the Huddle takes a look at the two quarterbacks: Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and NC State’s Mike Glennon.

Quarterbacks

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
One of the most decorated freshmen in Louisville football history, true freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has led a resurgence of the Cardinals offense this season. Mired in a 2-4 slump, Bridgewater sparked the Cardinals to wins in five of their last six games, including road wins over nationally ranked West Virginia, Connecticut and South Florida to clinch a tie for the BIG EAST title.

The BIG EAST’s Rookie of the Year, Bridgewater broke the school record for passing yards by a freshman with 1,855 yards and 12 touchdown passes. He completed 66.0 percent of his passes, with only nine interceptions.

Bridgewater amassed a 5-4 record as a starter and threw for a career-high 246 yards in the win at West Virginia. He completed 21-of-27 passes in the upset over the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-3 signal caller completed better than 60.0 percent of his passes in eight of his nine starts. Bridgewater threw for a career-best three touchdowns in a 34-24 come-from-behind win over USF in the final regular-season game of the year.

Mike Glennon, NC State
In his first 12 games as a starting signal caller for the Wolfpack, redshirt junior Mike Glennon has thrown 28 touchdown passes, the second-best mark in the ACC.

Glennon’s total ties as the third-best mark in school history and only Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers ever had more for the Wolfpack in a single season.

Against Cincinnati, Glennon threw the fifth-longest pass in school history: an 87-yard touchdown strike to T.J. Graham. In the win at Virginia, he hit Bryan Underwood for a 79-yard score – the longest reception by a Pack freshman. He also completed passes of 63, 65, 67, 79 and 87 yards this season.

Glennon, who tied as the second-tallest QB in the nation at 6-foot-6, was one of 22 FBS quarterbacks making his first career start in the opening week of the 2011 campaign. Prior to the opener, Glennon had played in 10 games during his two years behind Wilson, but had been in for just 100 career snaps over two years.

Glennon was ranked the No. 3 quarterback in the nation by ESPN coming out of high school and was the Gatorade and AP Player of the Year in Virginia. His older brother, Sean, played quarterback at Virginia Tech from 2004-08.