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Athlon Says Teddy Bridgewater Is No. 1

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The start of the season is still a little over four months away, but tidbits from the major college football preview publications are already starting to trickle out.

Athlon is always one of the first that warrants discussion, and this spring is no different. The publication - which I understand will be fairly high on Louisville overall - has released its rankings of the eight Big East quarterbacks, and a familiar name sits at the top.

1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (SO)
Passing Stats: 2,129 yards, 14 TDs, 12 INTs
Rushing Stats: 89 att., 66 yards, 4 TDs

Bridgewater was one of Louisville's top incoming freshmen last season, ranking as Athlon's No. 6 quarterback for the 2011 recruiting class. He took over as the Cardinals' starting quarterback against Marshall and led the team to a share of the Big East title and victories over Rutgers, West Virginia and South Florida. Bridgewater finished with 2,129 yards and 14 touchdowns, but showed his inexperience by tossing 12 picks. The Cardinals should be the favorites to win the Big East title in 2012, and Bridgewater should build off a solid freshman performance with a sophomore campaign.

The rest of the list went as follows:

2. B.J. Daniels (South Florida)
3. Ryan Nassib (Syracuse)
4. Gary Nova (Rutgers)
5. Munchie Legaux (Cincinnati)
6. Chris Coyer (Temple)
7. Tino Sunseri (Pittsburgh)
8. Johnny McEntee (Connecticut)