Bridgewater ready to 'get back on field'

University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he's excited to get back on the field after two wins in bad weather and a week off. The sophomore will lead the Cardinals into an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday at Pittsburgh.

University of Louisville sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been mentioned on some Heisman Trophy lists after his start this season.

But in his last two games, Bridgewater has been anything but Heisman-like. He's thrown three touchdowns and three interceptions in U of L's last two games, which were both wins but came in tough conditions.

"He's been great," offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said. "He understands (the conditions played part) and he's worked hard to improve.

"I can't wait to get him back out on the field and let him go again."

Three weeks ago, it has rained before and early in a win over Florida International. The Cardinals played the game with Watson, normally in the press box, on the field because the headsets were not working.

Two weeks ago, U of L beat Southern Miss in a game that was played in a downpour and on a flooded field. Bridgewater threw his only TD of the game on the first drive before the heavy rain started.

"Things happen for a reason," Bridgewater said. "It's all about how you overcome those kind of things and I think we did a great job.

"We have had some touch situations but that's no excuse for my play. I just have to try and get better each and every day."

Bridgewater opened the season with a 19 of 21 passing performance for 232 yards against Kentucky. He was 72 of 88 passing for 855 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. He was 28 of 49 for 279 yards in the past two games.

"It's the little things, I have to get rid of some flaws," Bridgewater said. "Like ball placement, little things that can be the determining factor in games. I have to try and go out there and make the plays look like the drawings."

After an open week, Bridgewater said he is ready to get back on the field Saturday when the Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh for an 11 a.m. kick.

Bridgewater was 18 of 26 passing for 165 yards, one TD and one interception last season in a 21-14 loss to Pittsburgh.

"The biggest thing for us is playing relentless football and not holding ourselves back," Bridgewater said. "We have to find ourselves again. We had a great week, working on fundamentals and now we're ready to get back out there."


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