Bridgewater leads Northwestern 

July, 12, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Florida had three schools in the eight-team NIKE 7ON national tournament and for the second year in a row Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) won the event. During the two days in Portland, I saw a lot of strong individual performances and a few things stuck out about each team.

Northwestern (Miami, Fla.)
The Bulls are always going to be successful at these events because they are usually the fastest team and one of the longest. Receivers Dominique Rhymes, Amare Cooper and Dantrel Horne are all tall, long receivers and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did a great job of putting the ball at a height where only his guys could reach it. In 7-on-7s there are so many bodies running around inside the 10-yard line, it's a safer play to throw the ball high, instead of throwing it into the body.

Bridgewater himself was spectacular. He said he would be "Teddy Heisman" on Day 2 of the event and he lived up to every word. The two big receptions he made in the finals, with Northwestern trailing Guyer (Denton, Texas), 15-6, completely changed the momentum of the game and brought the Bulls within one going into the half. Bridgewater also had two interceptions on the second day playing safety and Guyer did not throw his direction when he was playing defense in the finals.

Corey Long

Reporter, RecruitingNation