Brohm rusty during first practice

Brian Brohm struggled with his accuracy during Louisville's first practice Friday afternoon. After practice, Brohm admitted to some rustiness, but said his knee felt fine. What did Bobby Petrino atrribute Brohm's up and down performance to? has the latest.

Brian Brohm was a little rusty Friday afternoon during Louisville's first preseason practice.

Wearing a protective brace on his surgically repaired knee, the 6'4, 226 pound junior struggled somewhat during 7-on-7 drills. Brohm, who sat out the competitive portions of spring practice after off-season surgery to repair a torn ACL, threw one interception, had a few balls deflected and missed a few passes he normally doesn't.

"He was off and on," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "He wasn't as accurate as he normally is. I think his timing is a little bit off. The passing game wasn't as sharp as we need it to be. Usually it's not just one person it's the timing of everybody."

Petrino said he didn't notice anything wrong physically with his star quarterback, instead blaming his less than stellar performance on fatigue.

"He doesn't look limited (physically)," Petrino said after Louisville's marathon practice session. "He was moving around good. I think it's just a matter of timing and getting enough reps. I thought maybe he got a little fatigued. There were times he didn't get to condition as much as everybody else."

Brohm said he felt fine during practice and proclaimed his knee to be "100 percent" healthy, though he did admit to some rustiness.

"It was fun to be out here again doing everything," he said. "It was a good first day. My knee is fine and I didn't have any problems with it. We just have to work on some other things. I definitely had a little rust coming back but I felt pretty good about it for the first day."

Though Brohm wore a knee brace Friday, he routinely played without one during summer workouts. Whether or not he'll wear a brace during the season remains up in the air. Brohm said he'll experiment playing with and without a brace throughout preseason practice to find the best solution.

"We're still debating that," Brohm said. "I don't know if I'll wear one on the right or left, two, one or zero. We're just going to try some things out and see what feels best."

While Brohm, who was elected by his teammates as one of three team captains, wasn't at his best Friday, the talented Louisville signal caller admitted the offense has some work to do before the season starts.

"The defense came out fired up and they were playing really good," Brohm said. "But we'll be fine when the time is ready."

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