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Teddy Bridgewater is looked at as the best player in the AAC after a tremendous 2012 season. Can he repeat that effort in 2013? Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.
Teddy Bridgewater is looked at as the best player in the AAC after a tremendous 2012 season. Can he repeat that effort in 2013? Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images.

6-3, 218 pounds

2012 season: 3,718 yards, 27 TDs, 8 INTs, 68.5 comp. %

There is little doubt that Teddy Bridgewater will be the best player in the AAC this season. Bridgewater came into 2012 a somewhat unknown, but that will not be the case in 2013.

Bridgewater is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NCAA, completing 68.5 percent of his passes, good for 6th in the country in 2012. He returns to a Louisville offense that looks to him as a leader, and he delivers. Bridgewater has all of the on-field tools a pro team could ask for. Strong arm, accuracy, athletic ability and great field vision, but Bridgewater's toughness and leadership outshines everything else. 

To see this on full display, one needs to look no further than the 2012 AllState Sugar Bowl. Bridgewater's Louisville team was the heavy underdog against a much bigger, more physical Florida team. Bridgewater also took some serious big hits in the game, most notably one from Jon Bostic that separated Bridgewater from his helmet, but never left the game and led his team to a huge upset victory.