Brohm surprised to receive C-USA freshman honors

Brian Brohm wasn't expecting to receive Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors, expecially considering he served as the backup for C-USA's Co-Offensive Player of the Year Stefan LeFors.

University of Louisville backup quarterback Brian Brohm wasn't expecting to win Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors, especially considering the fact that he didn't start one game this season and played behind C-USA's Co-Offensive Player of the Year Stefan LeFors.

"It feels great," Brohm said Wednesday afternoon after learning C-USA coaches had honored him as the league's best freshman. "I wasn't really expecting it because I wasn't a starter this year and I really didn't think the coaches would give a non-starter Freshman of the Year."

Brohm, who threw for 777 yards and five touchdowns while completing 67.7 percent of his throws, said his honor was a testament to the strength of this years 10-1 team.

"It's a testament to our team that we can have the Co-Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback and a Freshman of the Year at quarterback," Brohm continued. "It's really amazing and it probably hasn't happened before."

The 2003 USA Today Offensive Player of the Year, Brohm spent his freshman season at U of L learning the ropes, and coach Bobby Petrino's complicated offensive system, and said the experience should prepare him to become the Cardinals starting quarterback next season.

"It was a great year and a real learning experience for me," Brohm said. "I've learned from one of the best in Stefan and I think it's really prepared me for next year."

"It's been a great year to prepare me for the next few years," Brohm continued. "I got a lot of great experience and I learned a lot. Hopefully, we can start next season with higher expectations than we've ever had."

Brohm turned down scholarship offers from national powers like Notre Dame and Tennessee to play his college ball at U of L. One of the biggest reasons he chose Louisville was the opportunity to play for Petrino.

"This is why I came here," Brohm said. "I knew Coach Petrino knew what he was doing."

With recent speculation surrounding Petrino and other job opportunities around the country, Brohm said he never grew concerned that the coach he signed to play for would pack up and leave to coach another program.

"I wasn't really worried," Brohm said. "I think this is where he wants to be. I think he's here to stay and we're going to have a great run in the Big East the next few years."

As part of the nation's top ranked offense this season, Brohm expects to see no difference next year with the Cardinals offense when he takes over under center for LeFors.

"Our goal every year is to be No. 1 in the nation in offense and hopefully No. 1 in team play," Brohm said.


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