Understanding of game eases Brohm's transition

There doesn't appear to be any controversy about who will be the starting quarterback for the University of Louisville's season opener, but freshman Brian Brohm has shown poise and an understanding of the game during the first week of practice that bely his youth and collegiate inexperience.

There won't likely be any controversy about who will start under center for the University of Louisville on September 5 when the Cardinals host rival Kentucky at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

That person will almost certainly be senior Stefan LeFors, the 2003 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.

However, U of L fans can expect to see heralded freshman quarterback Brian Brohm in action plenty this season, if not during the first game against the Wildcats. Brohm, Kentucky's Mr. Football last season, has been impressive through the first week of pre-season practice and has displayed the promise that made him such a coveted prospect last year.

"I don't know how much he'll play right away," U fo L's Bobby Petrino said. "But the strategy is that Stefan's been taking all the reps with the one's during practice and Brian has been taking all the reps with the two's. We've got to see how much of the offense Brian can continue to absorb and how quickly he can do that."

For his part, Brohm's competitive juices have been flowing since practice began early last week and the 6-foot-3 signal-caller says he's ready to get the season underway.

"I can't wait for the season to get started and I'm ready to get it rolling," Brohm said.

"I think I've developed a lot," Brohm continued. "I've got the offense down a lot better than when I started and now I'm just trying to learn and get better. I'm feeling pretty good about where I am right now."

For most freshmen, especially quarterbacks, making the adjustment to the speed of the college game presents a daunting challenge. However, both Petrino and his brother, U of L Offensive Coordinator Paul Petrino think that the adjustment for Brohm hasn't appeared to be too difficult.

"I think one advantage Brian has over other true freshman quarterbacks is it doesn't seem like the speed of the game has affected him a lot," Petrino explained. "He has the ability where the speed hasn't been overwhelming [whereas] some of the freshmen that we have in right now can't believe how fast everything goes. They're a little overwhelmed by [the speed], and he's not. That's what he has going for him."

The younger Petrino agrees with his older sibling.

"You can go out and watch practice right now and he doesn't look like a freshman," Paul Petrino said. "He's grown up around football all of his life so it comes easy to him. Football comes really easy to him and there is no question he's a lot further along because of that."

And even though he hasn't appeared to be affected by the increased speed of the game during the first week of practice, Brohm says he's still making the adjustment to the faster face of college football.

"It's something I'm getting used to and something I'll have to continue getting used to," Brohm said of his adjustment to the increased speed of the college game. "The speed is obviously a lot faster and I've just got to get my mind thinking faster so I can adapt to it."

And though he had his pick of colleges, including Kentucky, Tennessee and Notre Dame, Brohm expressed delight last week during U of L's media day event at the thought of finally putting on a Louisville jersey...the same one his father and older brothers, Jeff and Greg once sported.

"It feels really good to finally be a Louisville Cardinal," Brohm admitted.

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