Bridgewater, who will enroll at Louisville next week, did nothing in practice leading up to Saturday's 1 p.m. U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game to diminish his reputation. In fact, Bridgewater might be the best quarterback prospect in San Antonio, and is expected to start for the East squad.
"I think Bridgewater has unlimited potential. He's a guy that can run, can throw. A tall guy, very athletic," East coach Lance Pogue told Scout.com. "To me, he's going to be a true spread offensive guy because he can run and throw- and he's a smart kid. He seems to have some leadership abilities. I think he's got a bright future ahead. I know Louisville's getting a guy who can make a difference in their program."
During Thursday's practice session, Bridgewater connected with Nick Brassell on a 70-yard downfield bomb. Bridgewater also hooked up with Sammy Watkins for a pair of scores; one a go-route for a long touchdown, the other a short slant for a score.
"Teddy may have had his best day throwing the ball today," Scout.com analyst Steve Robertson said Thursday. "He was able to connect on several deeper throws and a few others were on the money, but a great play by the defense caused the incompletion."
Scott Kennedy, Scout.com Director of Scouting, has been impressed with Bridgewater's size, strength and athleticism. He believes Bridgewater has a chance to be special at Louisville.
"He's an incredible athlete, and he's got a personality that sometimes people think he's a little loose," Scout.com analyst Yogi Roth said. "Yeah, he's a little loose, but he's also extremely focused.
"When you talk about his football skills, he throws the best deep ball of any quarterback that is here right now. I'm talking 30, 40 yards down the field, dropping passes on a dime, over the outside shoulder. He has incredible feel and touch on his passes. He has incredible poise and touch down the field."
Bridgewater will compete for Louisville's starting quarterback job this spring. A five-star prospect, the extra work in spring practice should help Bridgewater reach his enormous potential.
"The biggest thing he needs to work on is his footwork, and every quarterback needs to work on that," Roth said. "He played in a system where he was in the shotgun and had a lot of freedom. When he works on a few little things, he's going to be a big-time player in the Big East."
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised live on NBC.
NOTE Gerod Holliman, a four-star defensive back from Miami Southridge, is expected to announce his college decision during the U.S. Army Bowl Game. Holliman, a good friend of Bridgewater's, has narrowed his list to Louisville, Ole Miss, and West Virginia.