Bridgewater, Clowney to enter NFL draft

Bridgewater, Clowney to enter NFL draft
January 1, 2014, 8:15 pm
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QB Teddy Bridgewater (left) and pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney are regarded as potential No. 1 picks in the 2014 NFL draft. (USA Today Images)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will forgo his senior season with the No. 18 Cardinals and enter the NFL draft.

Projected as a first-round selection and possibly the first QB taken this spring, Bridgewater completed 71 percent of passes for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns this season, including a career-best 447 yards with three TDs in Saturday's 36-9 rout of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Bridgewater said in a release that the decision "was extremely difficult," but added that attending Louisville "was one of the best decisions I could have ever made."

With Bridgewater starting, the Cardinals won 27 games and tied a school record with this year's 12-1 finish. Despite some lackluster efforts following a loss to Central Florida, Louisville entered the bowl game with the nation's 18th-ranked passing game at nearly 303 yards per game and 34th in total offense at 453.1.

Bridgewater's career highlight was last year's 33-23 Sugar Bowl upset of Florida in which the 6-foot-3, 196-pound Miami native earned MVP honors after passing for 266 yards and two TDs.

Clowney headed to the pros
ORLANDO, Fla. -- South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney says he will enter the NFL draft.

Likely the top overall talent in the draft class, Clowney finished his college career Wednesday in the Gamecocks' 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.

"Before we even put the pads on, I thought we've only got 60 minutes and it's over with," he said. "I'm going to be sad about it. ... I'm excited to move forward with my life, though."

The junior had five tackles against the Badgers.