Brohm and Douglas pick up where they left off

Brian Brohm and Harry Douglas proved a dangerous tandem during Louisville's run to the Big East title last season. Thursday night in the Cardinals first scrimmage of the Steve Kragthorpe era, the potent duo picked up right where they left off against Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl.

Brian Brohm and Harry Douglas proved a dangerous tandem during Louisville's run to the Big East title last season.

Thursday night in the Cardinals first scrimmage of the Steve Kragthorpe era, the potent duo picked up right where they left off against Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl.

Brohm was on target against Louisville's first team defense from the outset under the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium lights Thursday night, completing his first 11 passes and leading the offense to two touchdowns and a field goal in the games first three possessions.

During those first three possessions, Brohm connected with Douglas for gains of 15 and 39 yards (The two also connected on a 50 yard post pattern that was negated by a holding penalty). Later in the scrimmage, Brohm and Douglas hooked up for a 47 yard pass play that set up Anthony Allen's three yard touchdown run. "I think everyone found out how good Harry is last year and he came out and proved it again tonight," Brohm said.

"I thought we came out here and did a lot of good things," Brohm added. "The offense got off to a fast start and the defense kind of picked it up and shut us down a few times. And then we went back at them and went back and forth. I think it was a good first scrimmage."

Douglas also came away pleased with his team's play in the first of three spring scrimmages.

"It was a good scrimmage and it was good to get out there with full contact every down to see where we're at," Douglas said.

Brohm's performance was quite impressive considering he's had to learn a new offensive system under Kragthorpe. And with just five practices under his belt this spring directing Kragthorpe's offense, it's clear Brohm is handling the transition just fine.

"I feel pretty good in this system," Brohm said. "I feel like I've got it down pretty well now. I'm still learning all the intricacies, but we've had a good first couple weeks of practice and it showed out here tonight."


Harry Douglas is Louisville's big
play guy.

Eleven different players caught passes during the scrimmage, while four different players rushing for more than 20 yards. It's evident Brohm will again have plenty of options at his disposal as he completed passes to his wide receivers, tight ends and running backs.

Having all of those weapons combined with multiple formations, according to Brohm, is what makes Louisville's offense so hard to defend.

"I think it's just all the formations and motions we throw at people," Brohm said. "They've got to be ready to cover the whole field side to side and up and down. So it really throws the defense off balance."

"You can put the ball in a lot of people's hands who can do a lot of things with it," Douglas added. "It's not just one guy. We've got a lot of people who can do it."

Besides displaying a firm grasp of the new offense, Brohm also said the offense is starting to develop chemistry with the new style and personality Kragthorpe has brought to the team.

"Obviously everyone has a different personality and a different style and coach is bringing his own personality and style to out team," Brohm said. "Each team kind of follows the personality of their coach and you're starting to see our team follow his personality and developing that chemistry."

"The mood might be a little lighter out here. We're not worried about every little play and we're just out here having fun. But he's going to get on us if we do something wrong. As long as we're trying hard and giving full effort, he's going to keep a positive atmosphere."


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