There is no doubt about it. Teddy Bridgewater is an excellent quarterback. He has the brains and the mechanics to be quite a success in the NFL. Does he deserve to be in the race for the Heisman Trophy? Absolutley. Does he deserve to be the recipient of the Heisman Trophy? Some may say yes, but I believe he should not be the winner of one of the greatest races in all of sports. His stats are unbelievable. Bridgewater is completing 70% of his passes with 24 touchdowns and only 3 picks. That is near perfect, but I still believe there are more worthy individuals in the NCAA that deserve it more. I would like to mention 5 reasons why Teddy Bridgewater should not finish first in the chase for the Heisman.
Reason #5: Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon
Yes, the loss to Stanford hurts. However, when you can pass the pigskin 285 times without throwing an interception, that is something special. Not to mention, the man has tossed 25 touchdowns and rushed for 9. Impressive numbers, Mr. Mariota.
Reason #4: AJ McCarron, QB Alabama
AJ McCarron is unbelievable. He is consistent, efficient and has the potential to develop into a nice quarterback for a NFL team in search of one. He is a three-time national champion (two-time as the de facto starter) and on his way to a fourth title under head coach Nick Saban. His stats have been remarkable and consistent all three years as the starter in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has always been more of a running team, but AJ McCarron's ability to lead a squad in such a tough SEC conference makes him more worthy of the Heisman than Teddy Bridgewater. McCarron is a special player and he may just be that dynasty quarterback when the 2013 NCAA football season comes to an end.
Reason #3: Jameis Winston, QB Florida State
The Seminoles are having a record breaking year and may just be that team that can end Alabama's national title streak. Winston is 185-of-261 with almost 3,000 yards and 28 scores. Not bad. He has also rushed for 3 touchdowns, but did I mention in two of his games in FSU's current undefeated season, Jameis Winston has completed at least 90% of his passes? Well, he did, and that is pretty amazing. However, it has been a rough couple of weeks for him. Let's hope his alleged involvement in a sexual assault investigation works out for the best. This is another special kid we should all keep our eyes on in the near future.
Reason #2: Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M
Johnny Football. A household name. Whether or not you use it in a good way or a bad way, this kid is a college phenom. I am not a fan of Johnny Football, but I have no problem admitting that he is one of the most talented college athletes I have ever laid eyes on. We'll see how his offseason problems affect the outcome of the Heisman race, but I do believe he deserves the trophy, yet again. So far this seaon, Manziel has passed for 31 touchdown, but has also thrown 11 interceptions. However, his 611 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns and the fact that he is doing all this in the SEC make up for those 11 picks. Amazing. Elite. More worthy than Teddy Bridgewater.
Reason #1: The Pathetic Stength of Schedule
2013 Louisville Cardinals Schedule: http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/lou-m-footbl-sched.html
Sorry, Louisville fans, but that schedule is just awful. The loss to Central Florida was the Cardinals' toughest oppenent. I will say this: If Teddy Bridgewater had some better competition (ruling out the SEC) like Mariota and Winston, then maybe he should win the Heisman, but I don't think he would be posting up the numbers that he is right now. I would love to see what the four quarterbacks I listed above could do against such a terrible schedule. I am not hating on Teddy Bridgewater. I am hating on the teams he has faced so far this season. In fact, Teddy may be the most NFL ready quarterback in college. However, those are two totally different games. I listed strength of schedule as my number one reason, because if he were able to put up those ridiculous numbers in conferences such as the SEC, ACC and PAC-12, he would win by a landslide. I just feel that these other guys are more worthy, playing such tough games almost every week. Teddy Bridgewater's future is bright. There is no doubt in my mind he will do big things at the next level. The best of luck to the guy.