Sophomore Teddy Bridgewater emerged on the scene after an injury to senior Will Stein and led the Cardinals to the Belk Bowl. The 6-foot-3 signal caller posted impressive numbers as a true freshman, throwing for 2,129 yards and 14 touchdowns, but was a victim of 12 interceptions. However, the freshman All-American was efficient, completing 64.5 percent of his throws and was able to work his way out of pressure. But statistics are just one side of the story when looking at Bridgewater. His leadership skills are invaluable, from mentoring the younger players, to uniting the team during offseason workouts, to his decision making on the field. He truly exemplifies what it means to be a leader.
Backing up Bridgewater for the second straight year will be Stein, who served as the starter before being injured in 2011. Stein appeared in six games as a junior in 2010, completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 620 yards and five touchdowns. He is a tremendous leader and is more than capable to lead the Cardinals’ offense. Freshman Will Gardner, who is coming off knee surgery during his senior season in high school, will come in and learn the offense. He owns a big-time arm and will likely be a redshirt candidate.
Position outlook courtesy of 2012 Louisville Football Media Guide