Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, a finalist for the 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year award, headlines the 2013 watch list. Manziel, a first team Walter Camp All-American a year ago, accounted for more than 5,000 yards of total offense and 47 touchdowns for the Aggies.
In all, 37 schools are represented on the list with defending national champion Alabama having four players.
Bridgewater also was listed on the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien watch lists.
Last season’s BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Bridgewater guided the Cardinals to an 11-2 record, a BIG EAST title and a win over fourth-ranked Florida in the Sugar Bowl in which he was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
The Miami, Fla., native directed a Louisville offense that was vastly improved last season, averaging 31.2 points per game and 418.8 yards of total offense per game. Starting 11 games, Bridgewater threw for 3,718 yards per game and 27 touchdowns to earn first team All-BIG EAST accolades.
Known for his accuracy, Bridgewater completed 68.5 percent of his throws and tossed a career-low eight interceptions. He recorded a new career high by passing for 424 yards in a loss to Syracuse and also passed for 416 yards in a win over Cincinnati in overtime.
He is steadily approaching many of Louisville’s all-time records in only one full year as a starter. The 6-foot-3 signal caller sits first in completion percentage (66.5), third in passing efficiency (148.87), fifth in touchdowns (41), and sixth in passing yards (5,847).