Brohm guiding Cardinals into a 'great era'

Sophomore Brian Brohm is taking advantage of the voluntary summer workouts to become a stronger and more durable quarterback and according to one Cardinal defensive lineman, the Trinity High School product is preparing to take the program into an era of great success.

When Brian Brohm announced to a packed house at the Trinity High School auditorium that he would play his college ball at Louisville, the Cardinal faithful immediately placed him among the best quarterback's in school history, which includes his older brother and current quarterback coach Jeff Brohm.

The pressure of playing at Louisville would be huge, but he chose to follow family tradition and suit up for the Red and Black.

After a successful freshman season, when he threw for 819 yards and 6 touchdowns as a backup to Carolina Panther rookie Stefan LeFors, Brohm now appears ready and excited to be taking over the reigns for Bobby Petrino's offense.

The sophomore is following up a solid spring practice by working just as hard under the hot sun during the summer. The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Brohm is focused on becoming a stronger and more elusive quarterback as he leads the team into Big East Conference play this fall.

"I'm coming out here working out and building up muscle in the weight room," Brohm said. "It's going make me a little bit bigger and more durable for the season."

Brohm, who also had two rushing touchdowns in 2005, also added that he hasn't seen his speed suffer, despite the extra attention in the weight room.

"Actually, I have been getting faster," he said.

Brohm has also become more of a noticable leader during the summer workouts. Like a coach on the field, he is often pointing things out to the newcomers and he frequently discusses routes and techniques with the receivers and backs.

"If someone came out here they probably couldn't tell that were aren't any coaches because everybody is so focused," Brohm explained. "Everybody just wants to go into this next season as prepared as they can be, so we can go out there and try to win every game that we can."

Senior defensive end Elvis Dumervil, who recorded 10 sacks last fall, has been impressed by Brohm's demeanor both on and off the field and believe's that the Louisville native will guide the Cardinal program to heights never before experienced at U of L.

"What can you say about Brohm - he's a special player," said Dumervil. "He works hard at everything that he does. He's a great leader and he's only a sophomore. It shows that we are headed into a great dynasty era."

For that 'great era' to occur, Coach Petrino and his staff must have the program in a situation where it can reload following each season and according to Brohm - a former high school All-American - this year's incoming class of freshmen and junior college transfers fits that bill.

"These guys are out here working hard and trying to learn the plays," Brohm said of the number of incoming freshmen already present at U of L. "We have a lot of speed and a lot of size, so it looks like we have a really good group coming in."

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