That fact was easy for anybody to see after the former U.S. Army All-American led Louisville to a share of the Big East title as a true freshman, earning All-Big East freshman honors in the process.
But even Hurtt, who recruited Bridgewater out of Miami Northwestern, admits he may have underestimated the talented sophomore's ability after watching him progress the past few weeks during spring practice.
Teddy Bridgewater was good last year. By all accounts, he's been even better this spring.
"We knew he was good last year and we had something special but the progress he has made this spring and what [offensive coordinator] Coach [Shawn] Watson has done with him is unbelievable," Hurtt told InsideTheVille.com after Saturday's scrimmage. "Obviously, we felt he was a special player but I think maybe I didn't give him enough credit. That kid has everything you want."
"It's a big difference, you can see the confidence he has back there," said starting linebacker Preston Brown. "He controls the offense. We consider ourselves to be a pretty good defense, but they run up and down the field on us sometimes. You can see the offense is getting a lot better."
What Bridgewater possesses is tremendous talent, uncanny intangibles and the ability to lead his teammates.
"He's so composed, he commands respect, directs the offense and the guys follow him," Hurtt said. "He doesn't have to say much. They just know when he gets in the huddle he has command of it. He's been doing just a fantastic job. We're really excited about him."
Bridgewater threw for over 250 yards in last week's scrimmage, connecting on deep pass plays to fellow sophomores DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers. He appears more poised and comfortable in the pocket, certainly a by-product of the experience he gained last season while starting ten games.
"I just feel the biggest thing is trusting my instincts and trusting the system," Bridgewater said Saturday afternoon. "The coaches are doing a great job planning it out for us - the game plan, the schemes. Once you trust the system and your instinct the sky is the limit."
In Wednesday's practice, Bridgewater was razor-sharp in the redzone, mixing it up to score multiple touchdowns. Bridgewater hit fade routes to receivers Damain Copeland and Jarrett Davis for scores, which opened running holes for Jeremy Wright, Dominque Brown and the rest of the Cardinals running backs.
"The thing about Teddy is he's going to play within the offense and he wants to spread the ball around and get everybody involved in the offense," said Hurtt. "The thing about it is the kid doesn't panic. Nothing frazzles him. He's going to stay within himself whether it's a good play or a bad one. And that has an effect on the team because they never panic in a bad situation. It's great having him as our signal caller and we're going a great direction with him."
With Saturday morning's scrimmage complete, Louisville now heads into the final week of practice before the Red-White Spring Game April 14 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Bridgewater said the offense plans to take full advantage of their few remaining practices to improve.
"We have to focus on getting better and remain students of the game," Bridgewater said.