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ESPN Says Bridgewater Best In The Big East

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Chris Graythen

It wasn't exactly a shock, but ESPN's countdown of the 25 best Big East football players for 2012 ended with Cardinal quarterback Teddy Bridgewater at No. 1.

Ryan Nassib and Khaseem Greene had outstanding seasons, but Teddy Bridgewater topped them all with his performance for the Cardinals, cementing himself as a preseason candidate for the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Were there some scares for the Cardinals this season? Absolutely. But Bridgewater ended up saving his team on just about every occasion, and won Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors for his efforts.

He was better in every aspect of his game as a sophomore, throwing for more yards (3,718), more touchdown passes (27), more completions (287) and fewer interceptions (eight) while completing more of his passes (68.5 percent) than a year ago. He keyed several second-half comebacks, including last-minute wins against USF, Cincinnati and Rutgers.

Bridgewater was No. 5 in the preseason countdown.

Also making the top 25 for Louisville were:

Mario Benavides(14)
Adrian Bushell (15)
DeVante Parker (21)
Calvin Pryor (23)