Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater latest mobile quarterback the Gators will face
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is the latest in a long list of mobile quarterbacks the Gators have faced this season, including Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said the key to the Gators' succcess this year vs. mobile QB's is discipline.
"I think, number one, against mobile quarterbacks, you gotta have some discipline in the way you rush,'' Quinn said. "Usually when you look at a mobile quarterback, is he a guy who likes to scramble to run it, or is he a guy that likes to scramble to stay alive as a passer? In that way you have to say, okay, 'When we're playing this guy we've got to make sure he can't get outside and create by the way he goes.' So for us whether it's a pressure you have to have a certain design you have to play it or just in the way you four?man rush, that would be important for us. I think one of the things you do early on in the week is not only look at the scheme of what the other club is doing, but the style of player. Those are the things that you first look at. . . This is where he likes to go as a scramble quarterback. But I think number one you have to have discipline in the way you rush a mobile quarterback and certain ways in terms of coverage or man to man or zone, that factors in as well.''
Because they have faced several -and had success - the Gators aren't changing their approach as they prepare for Bridgewater.
“We are going to play him like any other quarterback, just try and keep him contained,'' senior LB Jon Bostic said. "He does a lot of things well and just makes sure we play the passing lanes tight. He does a lot with his feet even with his hurt ankle so keeping him contained is one of our main goals.”
Bridgewater said from watching film of the Gators, he's picked up on a few of the things that derailed other QB's the Gators faced, which he hopes will benefit him in the Sugar Bowl.
"On film, you see some quarterbacks forcing throws and making impulse decisions (against Florida),'' Bridgewater said. "With a defense like that, you just have to take what they give you, try not to press and manage the game. That’s what your job is at quarterback is to manage the game."