QB Bridgewater still looking to improve

After two brilliant games to begin the season, sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will lead the Louisville football team against North Carolina on Sunday. Cardinal Authority checks in with Bridgewater after two games.

University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been pretty sensational through two weeks of the season.

Bridgewater has completed 81.7 percent of his passes and led the Cardinals to victories over Kentucky and Missouri State.

But Bridgewater isn't getting too overconfident. He said he "did a better job," against Missouri State but still only gave himself a C-minus grade.

"There's always room for improvement," Bridgewater said. "I left some plays on the field, probably six more completions, and didn't good job in my check game.

"I need to get better in those areas this week. I need to execute the game plan."

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Bridgewater has played so well during the first two weeks of the season he's picked up some Heisman chatter. He received a third-place vote this week in the ESPN Heisman voting.

Bridgewater is 49 of 60 passing for 576 yards and two touchdowns. He has completed 84.6 percent of his passes on third-down. He threw for a career-best 344 yards last weekend against Missouri State.

"No matter how good a football player is, he still has to work on his mechanics, work on his fundamentals, and work on his technique," U of L head coach Charlie Strong said earlier this week. "You never want a player to think that he is a better play than he actually is, which is difficult when you have a player receiving as much publicity as he is. He can manage the game better and work on getting the ball to open receivers. There were a few throws he missed down the field."

Bridgewater said he's not worried about any accolades. He just wants to improve before he hits the field on Saturday to face North Carolina.

It was one year ago that Bridgewater made his second career start against the Tar Heels in a 14-7 loss. U of L only managed 273 yards in that game and didn't scored until Bridgewater threw a TD pass with 42 seconds left in the game.

"He's so much more calm, so mature," receiver Eli Rogers said.

Bridgewater wants to continue to grow and run the offense the way offensive coordinator Shawn Watson wants him too. And that includes spreading out the wealth to a bunch of receivers.

U of L has had 11 players catch passes in the first two games.

"That's this offense," Bridgewater said. "This type of offense, plays are set up for progression read plays. If the first (receiver) is not there, then go to the next guy and check it down from there. That's just way this offense works.

"We just need to keep working hard to get better. (North Carolina) is big and fast. But we just want to play our game."

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