It would have been great to see Teddy Bridgewater get a chance to compete in the ACC this season, especially in the same division as Clemson and Florida State, but the page has been turned at Louisville. New head coach (same as the old coach?) Bobby Petrino seems to have found a comfort level with Will Gardner, who is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Cardinals as the program moves into the ACC this fall.
“He’s a young man who is extremely coachable, very intelligent and really into it,” Petrino said in a story published by USA Today. “When you talk about dedication and commitment, Will has done all of that.”
Replacing Bridgewater is pretty much impossible, but Gardner’s job will be to keep the offense steady behind an experienced offensive line. The situation could be worse for Louisville, but having a quarterback who is preparing to be a leader in the offseason should help the program have a smoother transition under center and in moving to a new conference. Gardner’s studious attitude has caught the eye of Petrino.
“He’s a student of the game,” Petrino told USA Today. “He spends a lot of time working at it, studying other quarterbacks, studying the offense. He’s a type of player that you want to have, that you want to cheer for and do well. It’s our job as coaches to prepare him so he can go out there and perform.”
Gardner is a redshirt sophomore and is the only quarterback with any amount of significant playing experience on the roster this fall. Louisville has added juco quarterback Patrick Thomas as well as former Penn State quarterback Tyler Ferguson.
Not surprisingly, Clemson is expected to be without one of its top returning receivers for the remainder of the 2015 season.
On the Tigers’ opening drive of the 2015 season, Mike Williams sustained a neck injury after crashing into the goal post following a touchdown reception. The wide receiver was ultimately diagnosed with a “small fracture” in his neck.
At the time, it was thought there was a possibility, albeit a small one, that Williams could return. While the door’s not completely closed, it appears highly unlikely Williams will return to the field at all in 2015.
“The most important thing is for him to heal up,” co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. “At the very least, to be able to come back next year and have a great year, that’s probably what he’s focused on right now.”
Should Williams not play again, he would be a slam-dunk candidate for a medical redshirt. Such a waiver would then leave him with two years of eligibility.
Last season, Williams’ 1,030 receiving yards were tops on the team. His 57 receptions and six receiving touchdowns were second.
After a handful of quiet days on the legal front, it’s time to once again set the ol’ arrest ticker back to double zeroes.
According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Kansas State’s Cre Moore was arrested and charged early Sunday morning following a one-vehicle accident. While Moore’s Ford truck sustained what was described as major damage,” Moore was uninjured.
The Capital-Journal writes that the “2014 Ford F-150 driven by Moore had left the roadway and collided with a light pole and a privately owned stone stairwell.”
Moore was ultimately charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, Moore was found with several pills and was charged with possession of depressant as well.
K-State is aware of the situation, although head coach Bill Snyder declined to say what if any punishment Moore will be facing. Moore has played in three games this season after playing in five last year as a redshirt freshman.