The Jeff Brohm offense has never been one to lack excitement. In addition to the big-play offense or a trick play, be it a double flea-flicker or a touchdown pass to Brandon Doughty, the Hilltoppers are difficult to stop. While Brohm may make a couple small changes to his playbook, the goal is to score early and often.
“I think you always have to new wrinkles and we'll do that," said Brohm. "The key is being smart, always taking care of the football. As much as you like new wrinkles, you have to do the small things in order to win, especially against good football teams. This is a good defensive team, a good quarterback-run team. If we can put them in some positions they are uncomfortable with or get a lead early, I think that will help."
WKU senior tight end Tyler Higbee remains questionable. Higbee returned from an injury for the C-USA title game, but a first half injury sent him to the sideline for the remaining of the contest.
"We're going to try to get him ready, but in the end we'll do what's best for him," Brohm explained. "That'll be a game time decision."
Offensive lineman Joe Manley also left the title game with an injury, but Brohm believes he'll be "okay" to play in the bowl game.
When the Hilltoppers hosted the Conference USA Championship, nerves were credited for the team's slow start against Southern Miss. Turnovers and miscues led to a first quarter that saw WKU score just once. In fact, it wasn't until the Tops trailed 21-7 in the second quarter that the team seemed to shake its nervousness.
Things appears different as the team preps for the Miami Beach Bowl.
"I guys are pretty confident," said Brohm. "Not a whole lot of nerves right now. I think in the last game we started with more nerves than we have all year, so hopefully we've learned from that and we can go out, start fast and play our football for all 60 minutes."
The much-improved WKU defense may face its toughest challenge in the Miami Beach Bowl. South Florida sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers is a dual-threat that poses the danger of breaking for a big run at any time. Flowers is second on the team with 883 rushing yards, and leads with 10 rushing scores.
"These types of offenses, quarterback run heavy type of offenses, has not been our strength and will definitely be a challenge," said Brohm. "We're going to have to find a way to stop him and not allow him to beat us and that's going to be tough to do because the ball is always in his hand. They do every type of quarterback run that you can think of with the misdirection."
Flowers is more than just a great runner. He's proven an effective passer, completing 61 percent of his attempts for 2,023 yards and 23 touchdowns, with eight interceptions.