Louisville, KY – September 14, 2013 – Teddy Bridgewater has won 2013 Howard Schnellenberger Award, given to MVP from winning team in University of Louisville versus University of Kentucky annual Governor’s Cup football game. The Miami native threw for 250 yards and a touchdown during Louisville’s 27-13 win over Kentucky Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.
Bridgewater completed passes to seven different Louisville players including a second quarter touchdown pass to junior wideout DeVante Parker. Bridgewater showed a deft touch on the play, lofting the ball high into the corner of the end zone so that Parker could make a play on the ball over UK safety Eric Dixon.
The Heisman Trophy candidate now has at least 100 passing yards in 26 of his last 27 games and 10 straight games. He has thrown a touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games.
Bridgewater was 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year and the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl MVP. Bridgewater now has 6,849 career passing yards and 51 touchdown passes.
Louisville won its third straight Governor’s Cup clash on the strength of touchdowns by DeVante Parker and a pair of TDs by running back Senorise Perry along with a pair of field goals from John Wallace. The Cards led 10-3 at half time, and added 10 straight points in the third quarter.
Bridgewater, who also won the 2012 award, is the first back-to-back winner of the Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award in the awards four-year history.
This is third consecutive season that the Louisville Sports Commission has presented the Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award to the most valuable player on the winning team in the Governor’s Cup annual rivalry between the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football teams.
The trophy for Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award is one-of-a-kind, genuine Louisville Slugger Bat with one side Wildcat blue and the other Cardinal red. The unique bat, crafted with Louisville Slugger’s proprietary spray finish system and emblazoned with the unmistakable Louisville Slugger oval logo, was handmade at the factory in downtown Louisville. The engraving on the bat reads:
Howard Schnellenberger MVP AWARD, KENTUCKY VS LOUISVILLE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013.
Teddy Bridgewater’s name will be engraved on the bat as the fourth winner of the Award.
The Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award was created in 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission and received the blessing of both schools and Schnellenberger, who has strong ties to both programs and remarkable football credentials. The award winner is selected by a vote of the working press covering the annual game as identified by the SIDs from each school; the Award will be presented on the field immediately following the game.
A Louisville native, Schnellenberger was recruited to UK by the legendary Bear Bryant, earned varsity letters in 1952-53-54-55 and was an All-American tight end for the Wildcats under Blanton Collier as a senior. Schnellenberger later served as an assistant coach at UK under Collier in 1959 and 1960. As the head coach at UofL for 10 years (1985-1994), Schnellenberger is credited with rejuvenating the football program and boosting support for a new, on-campus stadium. He led the Cardinals to signature victories in the Liberty and Fiesta Bowls.
As a result of his contributions to college football in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Schnellenberger is the only person enshrined in the athletic halls of fame at both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.
During his storied career, Schnellenberger was offensive coordinator for national championships at Alabama in the 1960s and Super Bowl wins with the Miami Dolphins in the 1970s, then led the Miami Hurricanes to national prominence and the 1983 national championship. Schnellenberger was an integral part of four national championships in college football and two Super Bowl victories. He coached the University of Miami to the 1983 national championship and was offensive coordinator under Bryant at Alabama for national titles in 1961-64-65. He was the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins under Don Shula, including the 17-0 season in 1972. Schnellenberger went on to build and coach an NCAA Division I (FCS) football program at Florida Atlantic University. At Miami, Louisville and FAU, Schnellenberger-coached teams were a remarkable 6-0 in bowl games.
He retired as FAU coach following the 2011 season and now works in the University's Division of Community Engagement.
2012 Schnellenberger Award Winner. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater earned the Award with a sterling performance in Louisville's 32-14 win over Kentucky at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. He completed 19-21 passes for 232 yards and no interceptions and set a UofL single-game record by completing 90.5 percent of his passes. He led UofL on a 15-play, 99-yard scoring drive on the Cardinals' first possession and a six-play 85-yard scoring drive on their second possession for a lead they would never relinquish.
2011 Schnellenberger Award Winner. A senior linebacker and Louisville native, Dexter Heyman earned the 2011 Award as the Cards defeated the Wildcats 24-17 on Sept. 17 at Commonwealth Stadium. Heyman made 12 tackles, two for a loss, and a forced fumble recovered by a teammate, leading the Cardinal defense that limited the Wildcats to 35 yards rushing in 32 carries.
2010 Schnellenberger Award Winner. UK senior running back Derrick Locke was named the inaugural recipient of the Award for his performance in the Wildcats' 23-16 win over Louisville on Sept. 3 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Locke registered 150 all-purpose yards, including 104 rushing yards on 23 carries. He scored two first quarter touchdowns for a lead UK would never relinquish.