University of Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made one check at the line of scrimmage just before he came out of a romp over Ohio University on Sunday that coach Charlie Strong didn't like seeing.
Bridgewater checked into an option play. He pitched and then took a big hit down the line of scrimmage from an Ohio defender.
The Heisman Trophy frontrunner was just fine. But his coach had a few words for Bridgewater when he came off the field.
"I was like, ‘Yeah, let's not check into that again'," Strong said.
But Bridgewater disagreed with his coach, noting he's going to do anything to make sure he puts his team in the best position to win.
Even if that means running the option.
"In the game, that's just how our system is," Bridgewater said. "Sometime, if I see a look that makes me check into the option the outcome could be better than it was (on Sunday). You just never know.
But that's what's so great about this offense, finding what helps us win."
Bridgewater did that in week one for sure. He completed 23 of 28 passes for 355 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Cardinals in a 49-7 rout of Ohio.
With his play in the field, Bridgewater has moved into second position of the Heisman Trophy race by ESPN.com and HeismanPundit.com. He's listed as the odds-on favorite to win the award five three bookmakers service.
Several times during the Ohio game, Bridgewater could be seen get on or helping out some of his teammates after mistakes. One time, Bridgewater was seen correcting Ryan Mack after giving up the games lone sack.
But Bridgewater said that's what he must do as a leader.
"Part of the role of being a quarterback," he said. "You strive for perfection, so if a guy blows an assignment or gets a false start penalty that could hurt our offense. It's just something that you have to do."
Bridgewater said the game was a romp but there's still room for improvement, noting the Cardinals punted twice and failed on a fourth down as the quarterback called it "discouraging."
"We have to continue to improve and continue to mature," Bridgewater said. "We left about 87 yards on the field in penalties, so we have room to improve. I'm my toughest critic, so I did pretty good but can still get better."
At least Bridgewater has plenty of weapons available.
"I see it as a little kid in a Candy Store," Bridgewater said. "It's hard just to [pick one flavor of candy. You have DeVante Parker, Damian Copeland, Eli Rogers, Robert Clark and the list goes on and on and it's so hard to choose one guy.
"I am just glad we have a system that allows me to go through the progression and pick the right guy. It's a ton of fun."
Oh, and he's thinking about candy. He said his favorite candy is a Hershey's Cookies ‘n' Crème bad.