Earlier this season, we saw Marcus Mariota make the decision to stay at Oregon for at-least one more season with the Ducks. While not an uncommon decision for a redshirt Sophomore, it was a bit of a surprise considering he was a potential top-3 pick in some eyes.
Perhaps nothing more surprising could happen as we enter “decision time” than Teddy Bridgewater deciding to stay in school to finish his Senior season as a Louisville Cardinal. It wouldn’t be a very popular decision among NFL GM’s, but it might just be a move that the Junior quarterback makes, according to John Middlekauff, a former scout of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Middlekauff tweeted that Bridgewater has “contemplated returning to school” and that there hasn’t been a decision made yet. Should Middlekauff’s sources be correct, we’re in for a wild couple of months.
In a situation where Teddy Bridgewater would be taken off the board, it would appear that Derek Carr of Fresno State would jump to the top of the list at quarterback. Tajh Boyd and AJ McCarron would be other Senior options–but Carr would undoubtedly be the most attractive option among the 4th or 5th year players. He has incredible arm-strength and ability to complete passes. His skill-set can be easily compared to one of Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford.
We’ve seen what can happen with quarterbacks who stay in college for their final season. Sometimes, it works out. Other times however, it’s the first step to a disaster waiting to happen.
Should Bridgewater declare, or take his chances and continue his career at Louisville? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below.