Miami Northwestern looking to erase bad memories
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comJunior QB Teddy Bridgewater hopes to lead Northwestern to a state title this fall and establish himself as one of the nation's top passers in the Class of 2011.
ESPN RISE preseason FAB 50 No. 5 Northwestern (Miami) opened practice Monday with most of the Bulls' seniors still thinking about last season's heart-breaking loss to Seminole (Sanford, Fla.) in the Class 6A state title game. Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald checks in on the Bulls.
Northwestern recently competed at the Nike 7On tournament in Portland, Ore. and its skill personnell was extremely impressive. Led by junior QB Teddy Bridgewater, the Bulls rolled through some superb competition to take the 7On title.
Bridgewater could emerge as one of the nation's top prospects at his position in the Class of 2011 and has a great group of wideouts to throw to led by . Northwestern should be strong up front as well but will face some stiff tests this season, headlined by an Oct. 8th tilt against rival Miami Central on ESPNU. Central is at No. 28 in the preseason FAB 50 and the two teams split two meetings last fall, with the Bulls winning 38-32 in the playoffs.
• Football kicked off in Texas as well on Monday. The Dallas area is home to two of the nation's top teams in preseason FAB 50 No. 7 Allen which is looking to defend its 5A Division I state title and No. 12 Cedar Hill which is led by Texas-bound LB Aaron Benson on defense and future Texas A&M RB Ben Malena on offense. The Dallas Morning News has a complete rundown of the Metroplex's top teams.
• The Herbstreit Challenge in Ohio might be losing some steam with the loss of the Cincinnati powers (Elder, Colerain, St. Xavier) which chose not to participate this year. The Herbstreit Challenge's loss seems to be the gain of another showcase. WISHTV.com is reporting that the Indianapolis Colts will host the inaugural Horseshoe Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 5. The event will be headlined by the St. Xavier (Cincinnati) versus Cathedral (Indianapolis) matchup.
St. Xavier had a tough season last year after losing Cincinnati-bound QB Luke Massa to injury. The Blue Bombers could rebound this year and get back into the national rankings with a talented roster and a schedule that features five preseason FAB 50 teams (Colerain (Cincinnati), Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Elder (Cincinnati) and St. Ignatius (Cleveland).
The game against Cathedral also features a matchup of two of the region's best QBs with Massa facing Kofi Hughes who's bound for Indiana University.