Position series: Quarterbacks

Cardinal Authority is running a position series as a new preseason football feature to help you get familiar with the entire University of Louisville roster. The eighth day of the series takes a look at the quarterback position.


The quarterback position is set after Teddy Bridgewater took over for Will Stein in the Kentucky game last season and showed signs of being a star.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Bridgewater is a year older and more mature and is likely to show major improvement from the Belk Bowl. He's been given more chapters of the playbook and has had all offseason and fall camp to improve.

"Teddy is just continuing to just get better each and every day, continuing to make the throws," U of L head coach Charlie Strong said. "He's very comfortable in the offense right now. (Offensive coordinator) coach (Shawn) Watson has done a great job where Teddy now has become a student of the game, where he really understands and commands the offense."

With a lot of pieces returning on the offensive line and a year of seasoning, Bridgewater should continue his upward spiral.

Wide receiver Damian Copeland said Bridgewater, "is looking like an upper classman on the field. He's just really improved and matured."

The U of L coach staff feels confident is something happens to Bridgewater that senior Will Stein will be able to fill in and move the offense.

"Stein's a winner," Strong said. "He's pushing Teddy and I told him that's what we need. We need somebody who can push him."

Stein, a former walk-on, won the quarterback position heading into last season but suffered a shoulder injury in the UK game, leading to Bridgewater's appearance.

Jerry Arlinghaus, a 6-foot-4, 197-pound redshirt freshman walk-on from Covington Holy Cross High School is the third-string quarterback.


Teddy Bridgewater, sophomore

Of course, it's going to be Bridgewater in this spot. He's likely going to be one of the top sophomore quarterbacks in the country.

Bridgewater is bigger, faster and stronger than he was as a freshman and the year of experience and maturity looks like it did wonders for his game.

"He's so much more confident and stronger," wide receiver DeVante Parker said. "I think he's going to have a big season."

Bridgewater finished his freshman season 191 of 296 passes for 2,129 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also threw 12 interceptions and ran for 199 yards and 4 TDs.


*Stein started the first three games and played in six games last season. He completed 52 of 84 passes for 620 yards and five TDs. He only threw one interception and rushed 24 times for 64 yards.

*Arlinghaus was one of the top players in Northern Kentucky two years ago. He finished the 2010 season by throwing for 2,807 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also ran for 422 yards and eight TDs.

*Former St. Xavier quarterback Luke Brohm, also a walk-on, is also on the roster and running with the quarterbacks. Brohm didn't play in a game last season.

*The only other quarterback on the roster is Kyle Todd, a former All-State quarterback from Elizabethtown. Todd threw for over 6,000 yards in two seasons at E'town. He is the younger brother of Chris Todd, who was the starting quarterback at Auburn in 2008 and 2009.


*Watch later today for a feature on backup Will Stein. A feature next week will be in starting QB Teddy Bridgewater.

*The position series will end tomorrow with special teams.

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