NAU football to add Pac-12 quarterback
With just two quarterbacks currently on Northern Arizona’s roster for spring practice, the Lumberjacks appear set to add a former Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year at the position.
Daniel Bridge-Gadd, who spent the first two years of his collegiate career at Washington, will reportedly transfer to Northern Arizona with three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Washington head coach Chris Petersen announced Bridge-Gadd’s departure for Flagstaff ahead of the Huskies’ first spring practice on Wednesday. The Lumberjacks coaching staff declined to comment on the news until Bridge-Gadd enrolls at the university.
A native of Phoenix, Bridge-Gadd played for the Paradise Valley Trojans from 2012-16 and started at quarterback for three seasons before being ranked as a top-20 prospect in the state of Arizona. A teammate of Bric Parmley, a member of Northern Arizona’s 2018 recruiting class, and wide receiver Joey Gatewood, Bridge-Gadd rolled up huge numbers during his high school career.
As a senior, Bridge-Gadd completed 251 of 374 passes for 4,268 yards and a 47-9 touchdown to interception ratio as he earned Arizona’s 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year award. On the ground, Bridge-Gadd added 627 yards and 17 touchdowns as Paradise Valley finished the regular season 10-0 to earn the No. 1 seed in the Division III tournament, where it lost 29-27 to Desert Edge in the state championship game.
In his first two seasons as a starter as a sophomore and junior, Bridge-Gadd threw for more than 5,000 yards and 68 touchdowns to go with another 700 yards rushing.
Bridge-Gadd’s potential arrival in Flagstaff comes nearly three years after Northern Arizona previously believed it landed a Pac-12 quarterback returning to his home state. Connor Brewer announced he would head north from Arizona, but lasted just two months as a verbal commit before taking his talents to Virginia instead for the final two years of his career.
Caught by surprise by Brewer’s departure, with the school officially announcing the arrival in April 2015, Northern Arizona’s football program appears to be holding off on an announcement this time around.
Petersen mentioned Bridge-Gadd’s departure after the quarterback was no longer listed on the team’s official depth chart. However, the head coach specifying Bridge-Gadd’s next team as opposed to announcing the transfer with no further information lends credence to the news, despite the quarterback holding off on an official announcement himself on Wednesday.