Brohm confident worst is behind him

Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, whose rehab from a torn ACL continues to remain of ahead of schedule, visited with the media on Thursday afternoon...

Late Thursday afternoon, Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, wearing a brace on his right knee, walked out of the football complex, past the statue of Johnny Unitas and onto the FieldTurf inside Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.

The Louisville Trinity High School product, who had surgery in early December to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament that he suffered during the Cardinals 41-17 win over Syracuse on November 26, spent time throwing to the receivers and tight ends and he threw well despite the strong wind and rapidly dropping temperature.

However, prior to taking to the turf, the junior quarterback spent time in the weight room riding the stationary bike and working with the U of L trainers.

"Today I was basically just riding the bike to loosen up my knee," said Brohm following his time in the weight room. "I don't run with the guys because I need to have a brace on, but I did some specific things with the trainers."

Brohm, who has already thrown for more than 3,700 yards, says that his rehab remains ahead of schedule and that the worst is now behind him.

"Right now I'm pretty much on schedule or ahead of schedule," he explained. "I feel very good and I'm confident that I'm over the hump. I got through the tough part of rehab and I just have to strengthen my knee and get it back to the point where it was before it got hurt."

While he continues to impress everyone with his speedy recovery, the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year honoree still anticipates a limited role during the program's spring practice.

"Hopefully I'll be out there for some of the drills - get to do some of the first part of practice and probably sit out from the team stuff, but hopefully I get to do those drills," he explained.

With spring practice set to begin on March 28, the Louisville native says the team is already focused on the 2006 season and it's season and home opener against rival Kentucky.

"I think we are real focused and we're hungry to get back out there and get ready for Kentucky," said Brohm. "We have a really good schedule, but right now we are focused on Kentucky."

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