Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and linebacker Preston Brown have been named the offensive and defensive Big East players of the week, respectively, after their big performances in U of L's win over Cincinnati.
Bridgewater was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he threw for a career-high 416 yards with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Louisville remain unbeaten in a 34-31 overtime win against Cincinnati. With Louisville trailing 24-14 in the fourth quarter, Bridgewater threw touchdown passes of 30 and 64 yards to engineer the comeback. He completed passes to seven different receivers to help Louisville to its first 8-0 overall since 2006. Bridgewater has completed 70.7 percent of his passes this season (162 of 229) and has thrown 13 touchdown passes with just four interceptions.
Brown was tabbed as BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after he registered a game-high 13 tackles and had an interception to help Louisville to a 34-31 overtime win against Cincinnati. He led a defense that limited Cincinnati - which had gained at least 425 yards in each of its first six games - to a season-low 353 yards with three turnovers. Brown ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in tackles this season, with an average of 7.2 stops per game.
It's the first time either has earned the honor his season, although Bridgewater had made six previous appearances on the league's "Weekly Honor Roll."