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.
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.