Rutgers among those offering Fla. quarterback

Rutgers offerd one of the top junior quarterbacks, a four-star out of Florida, before the season began. The player is getting interest from throughout the south, and said he holds offers from Tennessee, Miami and Florida, but is disappointed the way his season ended. Find out what he had to say about his recruitment, and what he will work on during the offseason.

Miami Northwestern High is the home of Rutgers leading receiver Tim Brown, and also one of the top junior quarterbacks in Florida.

Even prior to the season, Rutgers saw talent in the nearly 6-foot-4, 18 185-pound Teddy Bridgewater, and was early in offering a scholarship.

With such a heavy concentration on his season, Bridgewater pushed recruiting to the back burner. But with the season over, prematurely as far as he is concerned, and the offer list up to six, Bridgewater is beginning to think about recruiting more.

"A lot of the coaches said to look at recruiting after the football season,'' Bridgewater said. "I grew up a Florida Gators fan, but I don't have a favorite school. Right now I cheer for every college. I like to see people try hard and if they make mistakes, learn from them and get better.''

In addition to the offer from Rutgers, Bridgewater said he holds offers from Florida, Tennessee, Miami, West Virginia and Florida International.

"I don't know much about Rutgers,'' he said. "Right now all I know is they have a former Miami Northwestern play on the team, Tim Brown. I'm not that far along in the process, but I still watched a couple of their games.''

Bridgewater figures to get loads of offers once junior recruiting intensifies, especially coming off a season in which he threw 33 touchdowns.

However, an early exit in the playoffs brought to the Bulls' season to a close, and Bridgewater showed maturity in shouldering blame for the 29-16 loss to Miami Central.

"Our goal was to go to the state championship and we lost in the second round,'' Bridgewater said. "I had a couple of bad games and ended the season with too many interceptions.

"Either the ball bounced off the wide receivers' hands, or I didn't plant my feet. I was trying to throw it as soon as the receiver popped open.''

There were plenty of good moments for Bridgewater during a 10-2 season. He threw seven touchdown passes in a win against Hiahleah (Fla.) Miami Lakes High, and had 398 passing yards in the first round of the playoffs against Coral Gables (Fla.) High.

While Bridgewater acknowledged those achievements, he said throwing 12 interceptions would motivate him during the offseason.

"I'm disappointed because of the interceptions, that's all,'' he said. "I'm going to watch a lot of film, watch the games I threw interceptions in, work on my mechanics and do everything I can to not throw them next season.''


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