Strong: Texans should take Bridgewater

Strong: Texans should take Bridgewater
January 6, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Strong thinks Texans should take Bridgewater

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Charlie Strong was introduced as the Longhorns' new coach on Monday and his former quarterback might be following him to the state of Texas.

The Houston Texans have the first-overall pick in the upcoming draft and Teddy Bridgewater, the quarterback from Louisville (Strong's former school), is one of the favorites to be taken with the No. 1 pick.

On Monday, Strong was asked if the Texans should take Bridgewater, who is foregoing his senior season to enter the draft.

"Oh, without a doubt," Strong answered. "Teddy Bridgewater’s an outstanding football player and the thing you like about Teddy Bridgewater is just his leadership ability. And not only because of how great of an athlete he is and how well he throws the ball and just manages the offense, but he’s an outstanding person. And he’s going to represent any organization, whoever takes him, he will represent that organization the right way. It’s never about him, it’s all about the team."

This season, as a junior, Bridgewater completed 71 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,970 yards with 31 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He led Louisville to a 12-1 record and a win over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

When talking about Bridgewater's character, Strong said it was never about Bridgewater. In fact, Strong said Bridgewater didn't want to be the focal point of the team but the team made him that.

"He’s a great person," Strong said. "That’s why, not because of his ability but just because of who he is."