Brohm making big plays for Cards

Louisville senior quarterback Brian Brohm was named the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Week after torching an outstanding Cincinnati defense last Saturday on the road.

Louisville senior quarterback Brian Brohm was named the Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Week after torching an outstanding Cincinnati defense last Saturday on the road.

Brohm completed 28 of 38 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns to lead Louisville to a 28-24 upset win over then 15th-ranked Cincinnati to end the Bearcats' nine-game winning streak. The game marked the sixth time this season that Brohm has thrown for at least 300 yards, which ties the Big East single-season record.

Tied 14-14 at the half, Brohm completed 13 of 16 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown in the second half to lead the Cardinals to an important road win.

"He is making good decisions with the football right now," Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "He's doing a good job of managing the game and a good job delivering the ball with accuracy. He's just doing a nice job of playing the game of football and the position of quarterback.

"I tell him not to go out there and try to be Superman – just go out there and distribute the football and let the guys make plays with the ball in their hands."


Brohm was named Big East Player of the Week
after leading U of L to an impressive win over
Cincinnati last Saturday.
Brohm received plenty of help from his playmakers against the Bearcats Saturday night. Harry Douglas made two huge receptions down field to set up touchdowns and reserve wide receiver Scott Long made a spectacular diving reception to set up another score.

As good as his supporting cast was, Brohm was nearly flawless against a Cincinnati defense that entered the game leading the nation in turnovers forced. He didn't commit a turnover in the game, managed to elude the Bearcats pass rush and made things happen when plays broke down.

"Probably the most impressive thing that he did the other night was that he manufactured some plays when plays weren't there," Kragthorpe said. "I think to be a great quarterback not only do you have to make plays when they are available but you have to manufacture some."

Though his Heisman bid likely ended earlier this season, Brohm is still considered one of the top quarterback prospects for next year's NFL Draft, along with Boston College's Matt Ryan and Kentucky's Andre Woodson.

"He's playing in a different system and the chances of him playing in the same NFL system his entire NFL career is not real high," Kragthorpe said. "So he has shown the proficiency to excel in two different offensive systems with different sets of coaches."

Heading into Friday's important road game at UConn, Brohm has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes this season for 2,765 yards and 23 touchdowns. Brohm is re-writing U of L and Big East passing records this season. He's currently second all-time in U of L history behind Chris Redman with 9,516 career-passing yard and ranks second in Big East history in passing yards behind former Miami star Ken Dorsey.

"He has an innate ability to play the quarterback position but that is accentuated greatly by the fact that he works at it," Kragthorpe said.


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