South Alabama QB Brandon Bridge drawing NFL interest


South Alabama quarterback Brandon Bridge might be short on name recognition compared to college quarterbacks like Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, but that doesn't mean NFL scouts haven't found him.

In fact, they've flocked to see the strong-armed Canadian, according to his coach.

"His fundamentals at throwing the football just go through the roof. He's made a lot of improvement as a quarterback. He has a great arm and he can also win with his legs ... I think we've had 25 (scouts from NFL teams) come back to see him," said South Alabama coach Joey Jones, according to The Toronto Star. "The word's out right now. The more experience he gets, the better he's going to be. There's a lot of potential down the road for him."

South Alabama faces just two teams from a Power Five conference this season, which makes his evaluation as a pro prospect a bit more tricky. Mississippi State beat South Alabama, 35-3, earlier this year, and the Bulldogs are the only South Alabama opponent to keep Bridge from throwing a touchdown pass this season. He'll get a chance to show more against a Power Five team on Nov. 22, when the Jaguars travel to South Carolina.

Still, Bridge has been known to hold his own against the toughest quarterback competition in the nation. He finished second in the Manning Passing Academy Air-It-Out Challenge, behind Oregon State's Sean Mannion, in July. To do so, he beat out the likes of Oregon's Mariota, Baylor's Bryce Petty and USC's Cody Kessler in the event's annual accuracy contest.

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