Inside Cardinal Football: Weekly notebook

Less than 100 days before the opening game of the football season, there's plenty to learn about the University of Louisville football program. Cardinal Authority will bring you a weekly notebook on Wednesday with nuggets from the program.

BRIDGEWATER THE COVER BOY

University of Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has already received a ton of national press this spring.

Bridgewater, who is considered a top candidate for the Heisman trophy, had stories written about him nationally last week because he declined to have the university start a Heisman campaign for him.

Now, Bridgewater is a cover boy on a national magazine.

Bridgewater is on the cover of the regional issue of the Sporting News preseason football magazine. He's projected as a top pick in next April's NFL Draft if he were to decide to forego his senior season.

SEVEN ON PRESEASON TEAM

The Cardinals placed seven players on the Phil Steele Preseason All-American Athletic Conference team, including Bridgewater at quarterback.

Also on the first team from the offense were wide receiver DeVante Parker and tight end Gerald Christian, a junior transfer from Florida.

The defensive selections were defensive tackle Roy Philon, linebacker Preston Brown and safeties Calvin Pryor and Hakeem Smith.

TEDDY HAS CONFIDENCE IN PARKER

Bridgewater has a lot of confidence in his wide receivers this season, especially junior DeVante Parker. The former Ballard High School star has been a standout in his first two seasons for the Cardinals.

Parker caught only 18 passes for 291 yards as a freshman but did score six touchdowns, while catching 40 passes for 744 yards and 10 TDs as a sophomore.

During spring practice, the word from the U of L camp was just how much Parker had improved since last season and Bridgewater said "I would say it has to do with just being more confident."

"He knows his playbook inside and out, and he could tell you where everybody is supposed to be now," Bridgewater said of Parker. "He can tell you where the ball is supposed to be even before the ball is snapped.

"DeVante, now that he's comfortable with the offense, it's just helped him to play faster and more explosive."

CARDS RECEIVE HIGH MARKS IN CLASSROOM

The U of L football team not only won 11 games last season but also received high grades in the classroom during the spring semester.

The Cardinals finished the spring with a 2.68 and a 2.72 cumulative team grade-point average for the fall and spring semester combined. The 2.68 mark was the second-highest mark during the Charlie Strong-era.

The football team had one Dean Scholar and 17 players on the Dean's List. During the semester, U of L football also had 30 named All-Academic Big East. Six football players earned degrees in May.

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

Only 94 days until kickoff for the opening game of the season when the Cardinals host Ohio University at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.


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