LOUISVILLE, Ky.- University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who ranks first nationally in completion percentage and third nationally in passing efficiency, was today named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
Bridgewater, who is 22-8 as a starting quarterback the last two years including 7-1 this season, is leading the Cardinals to one of their best offensive seasons under head coach Charlie Strong.
Under Bridgewater's guidance, the Cardinals rank 11th nationally in passing at 333.6 yards per game and are averaging 39.4 points per game, which stands 17th nationally. Louisville is also 16th in the country in total offense, averaging 495.3 points per game.
Individually, Bridgewater has been precise, completing 73.7 percent of his passes (179 of 243), a total that would break the school completion record of 73.5 percent set by Stefan LeFors during the 2004 season. Bridgewater has tossed 23 touchdown passes, which is tied for the seventh-most in school history and fifth in the nation this year. He has thrown for 2,557 yards in his first eight games, including a season-high 397 versus Eastern Kentucky.
Bridgewater, a Miami, Fla. native, has thrown just two interceptions in 243 pass attempts and is coming off one of his best performances of the year against USF, where he went 25-of-29 for 344 and three scores. He owns the nation's fourth-longest streak by throwing a touchdown pass in 20 consecutive games.
Three O'Brien finalists will be announced Nov. 25 and the winner of the 2013 Davey O'Brien Award will be announced as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN Dec. 12. Three finalists will be announced Nov. 25.