UofL offensive coordinator Shawn Watson spoke at the Quarterback Club luncheon Tuesday afternoon at Wildwood Country Club and it was evident he’s excited about the potential of the Louisville offense. Watson will be entering his first full season as offensive coordinator after replacing Mike Sanford near the middle of last season. Leading the offense on the field will be sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Watson raved about Teddy’s game.
“The guy who makes us go is Teddy Bridgewater. He’s unique. I’ve been coaching this position for about 20 years now, and I’ve had some really good kids. Teddy is the best I’ve been around, and it’s easy to say because you saw the type of year he had.
“What’s unique about Teddy is that his character is his greatest attribute. He’s a good passer and a good athlete, and he has all those things he does really well, but his character is what makes him the player he is. I’ve never been around a kid who studies the game like he does. He’s the kind of kid who internalizes teaching, which means you tell him one time and he takes it personally and fixes it. You never see the same mistake twice on film. He does whatever it takes. If he’s having a hard time or struggling with something, he’s willing to put the extra time in to make it right.”
Watson also discussed the impact Will Stein has had on Bridgewater and stressed it cannot be understated how important Stein is to Teddy’s development. Watson calls Stein Teddy’s “x-factor” and said Bridgewater will say the same thing. According to Watson, Stein comes to every practice with the intention of taking Teddy’s job, which continues to push Bridgewater to be as good as he can be every day.
Here are a few other things Watson addressed in quick hits form:
-He would like a 20 carry per game running back and mentioned Senorise Perry’s name as a guy who had an “enormous” Spring for Louisville.
-Wide receiver Damian Copeland had a good Spring camp as well and called receiver Scott Radcliff is a coach’s dream. The UofL wide receiving corps is one of the best Watson’s ever been around.
-At the tight end spot, Watson was very pleased with the progress of Nate Nord and said junior college transfer Ryan Hubbell has been a nice surprise.
-On the offensive line, Watson believes the Cards have ten guys who could play. He feels good about the depth along the line.
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