Brohm Says He'll Return

Junior quarterback Brian Brohm will delay his entry into the National Football League to return to the University of Louisville for his senior season.

Brian Brohm will return to Louisville next year to direct the offense for new Cardinal head coach Steve Kragthorpe, the 6-4 junior announced Monday morning.

In returning to Louisville, Brohm immediately becomes a front-runner for the 2007 Heisman Trophy and should help the Cardinals remain a viable national championship contender.

"I had two dreams growing up - to play quarterback at U of L and lead the team to new heights and to play in the NFL," Brohm said. "I think we have a great opportunity to do some great things next year and I'm happy to announce that I will return to U of L next year."

Brohm's return also should make the transition from Bobby Petrino, who left after the season to coach the Atlanta Falcons, to Kragthorpe much smoother.

"We have a lot of talent coming back and I think we can have a great team," Brohm said. "I went back and forth with my decision a little and I made my final decision Saturday night. I just felt we would have a chance to play for a national championship next year with Coach Kragthorpe."

"I can't wait to play for Coach Kragthorpe and it was helpful that we were able to get a new coach so quick," Brohm said. "I think Coach Kragthorpe's system will be a good fit for my talents. You never get your senior year back and I want to finish what we started."

Brohm met four or five times with Kragthorpe last week, including a sit down Friday night that also included Brohm's father, Oscar, and offensive coordinator Charlie Stubbs.

"We just sat down with him and showed him what we did on offense at Tulsa," Kragthorpe said.

Brohm focused on championship
run in 2007.

Despite missing two games as a junior because of a thumb injury to his throwing hand, Brohm threw for over 3,000 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading Louisville to a 12-1 record, a Big East title and a 24-13 win over Wake Forest in the FedEx Orange Bowl.

"I think he's made a great decision," Kragthorpe said. "I think it makes a huge statement about his commitment to U of L. He's going to lead this team to great heights. This was a very unselfish move."

Brohm, considered a sure-fire first round NFL Draft pick had he made himself eligible for the draft this year, likely would have been the third quarterback selected behind LSU's JaMarcus Russell and Notre Dame standout Brady Quinn.

Brohm now has an opportunity to break all of the passing records at U of L. He's currently fourth on the school's all-time passing and touchdown lists.

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