Sep 13, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South Alabama Jaguars quarterback Brandon Bridge (7) runs the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles have to address the quarterback position somehow this off-season. Although all the talk in town is about reuniting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota with his former college coach and current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly…that’s very unlikely. So it’s time to take a look at a much more realistic candidate at quarterback for the birds.
South Alabama quarterback Brandon Bridge might be the perfect fit for the Eagles. Many people may not have heard of Bridge at this point of the draft process, but that likely won’t last much longer. At 6-5, 235 lbs., the Canada native is hard to miss. Once he steps foot on the field, you practically have to take notice. Drawing comparisons to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick because of his size, speed and arm strength, Bridge could be exactly what the Eagles are missing.
Brandon Bridge had an interesting college career, to say the least. After initially being heavily recruited by the University of Buffalo, Bridge was set to take his next step on the field there. But once the coaching staff that recruited him left the school, he had changed his mind. Luckily, thanks to the help of a man named Curtis Crossley, who saw Bridge’s tape on YouTube, he received a scholarship to Alcorn State University.
Bridge started for the Braves as a true freshman and finished the season with 2,086 passing yards and 19 passing touchdowns while completing 150-of-291 passes. As well as 601 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns on 120 carries. After an impressive freshman season, Bridge had a rough sophomore year. The coaching staff left and just 5 games into the season, he injured his quad and that was all for that season.
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No longer happy at Alcorn State, Bridge was granted his release from the team and it went public in a local newspaper. Mississipi State University actually got word that Bridge left and brought him in for a visit. They never offered him a scholarship so the next step on his college journey was at the University of South Alabama.
After sitting out the 2012 season, Bridge made his debut for the South Alabama Jaguars as a junior in 2013. Appearing in nine games, he finished the season with 398 passing yards and a passing touchdown while completing 29-of-66 passes as well accumulating 170 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on 37 carries. Bridge was voted the most improved quarterback at the conclusion of spring practices and earned the starting job.
As a senior, Bridge made a name for himself with an impressive season as well as a promising performance against SEC powerhouse Mississippi State. Although he finished that game with just 203 passing yards, an interception and no touchdowns, Bridge had a handful of big plays ruined by drops from various receivers. At season’s end, Bridge racked up 1,927 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns and 8 interceptions while completing 160-of-307 passes. While also adding 297 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns on 101 carries. Bridge managed to do all of this while battling an ankle injury throughout a majority of the season.