Offense just as explosive with Brohm in control

Having lost five starters from the nation's top offense last season, inlcuding quarterback Stefan LeFors, some might have anticiapted a slightly less-potent Cardinals' offense this time around. If Friday night's performance was an indication, however, Bobby Petrino's offense this coming season, led by <b>Brian Brohm</b> might be more explosive - and possess more weapons - than last season's highly explosive group.

Brian Brohm showed Louisville fans during the Red-White Spring Game that there will be plenty of offensive fireworks in store next season.

Having lost five starters from the nation's top offense last season, inlcuding fleet-footed quarterback Stefan LeFors, some might have anticiapted a slightly less-potent Cardinals' offense this time around.

If Friday night's performance was an indication, however, Bobby Petrino's offense this coming season might be more explosive - and possess more weapons - than last season's highly explosive group.

And, according to Petrino, his team expects to be the best offense each and every year.

"The offense always has the goal of being the best in the country," Petrino said after Brohm and the first team offense rolled up 551 yards and scored 49 points in the spring game.

With Brohm under center, Petrino's offense didn't seem to miss a beat - scoring touchdowns on each of their six first half possessions Friday night. In the first half, Brohm was simply unstoppable, completing 20-24 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns. For the game, the 6-4, 225-pound sophomore was 23-29 for 390 yards and six touchdowns.

"We did a lot of good things," Brohm said. "There are always a few things that we can work on, but overall I think we did a good job."


Expect Brohm to throw plenty of passes to
running back Michael Bush this season.

Brohm also might have found his go-to receiver in 6-3, 210-pound Joshua Tinch. Brohm and Tinch connected seven times during the spring game, including three that resulted in touchdowns.

"Tinch is a tough receiver," said Brohm. "He goes across the middle and takes a lot of hits and he's a guy that I'll be looking at a lot this year."

Brohm played in 11 of Louisville's 12 games last season, and that experience proved invaluable this spring. That experience has helped the former Trinity High standout understand the in's and out's of Petrino's diverse and complicated offense, and has been a key reason why he's improved in several important aspects this spring.

"Just getting my reads down, and getting into the right checks," said Brohm. "I think just running the offense the way it's supposed to be run, and making all the right reads."

One of the major factors for last season's offensive success was that LeFors had plenty of options at his disposal. By the look of things Friday night, Brohm will be surrounded by plenty of weapons, too. Besides having the talented running back tandem of Michael Bush and Kolby Smith behind him - the two combined for 149 yards in the Red-White game - Brohm also completed passes to seven different receivers.

"This offense is going to be similar to last year's," said Brohm. "We have a lot of firepower, and we have a lot of guys back. We've got great running backs, a great offensive line coming back, and a lot of receivers back in the fold. So it's going to be a great year."

While the offense will look similar to last season's top-ranked unit, Brohm showed Friday night that their will be a few new aspects to the offense next season, namely throwing more downfield, and to the running backs coming out of the backfield. Brohm hooked up deep several times Friday night, and also threw six completions combined to both Bush and Smith.

"There's not too many changes (on offense)," Brohm said. "There are a few more down-field throws, and I might not be running as much as (Stefan). But the offense is pretty much going to stay the same."

Brohm's main target during the spring game, Tinch, thinks this year's offense with Brohm might prove more explosive than the one he was an integral part of last season.

"I think we have more tools that we had last year," said Tinch. "Last year we had three or four receivers that could make plays, but now we have seven or eight."

And for that, Brohm is most assuredly thankful.


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