Multiple sources tell me Teddy Bridgewater has contemplated returning to school. No decision has been made at this point
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) December 13, 2013
This is the report that suggest Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is wavering on his decision to make the jump to the NFL and opt to stay in college. This is that time of year when most players are considering returning for another season for a combination of other reasons. College is fun, they like their teammates and a sense of unfinished business. By the time decision day roles around on January 15th, a player like Bridgewater tends to end up in the NFL Draft.
Bridgewater is a true junior and he could benefit from another year of experience; this year against the ACC as Louisville changes conferences. The ACC has been pretty abysmal save Florida State but that would be the big challenge for Bridgewater and the Cardinals. Another year also comes with the inherent risk of injury and while he can get insurance, he is widely considered the top quarterback in the NFL Draft, should he declare. Bridgewater could also stand to continue getting stronger and adding to his frame, but that can be done in the NFL.
The expectation is that Bridgewater will ultimately still end up declaring and enjoying one last game with Louisville as they play Miami (FL) in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but it is hardly unprecedented for a big name quarterback to go back because they enjoy college and want to improve their game before going into the pros. In the meantime, there will be a number of Houston Texans fans who are waiting with baited breath as he decides what to do with his future as they are currently in position to have the #1 overall pick.