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Jeff Brohm Looks To Translate WKU Success Into Purdue Wins

The Boilers face Brohm's alma mater, the Louisville Cardinals, in Game 1 in Indianapolis. A tough contest but a contest that Brohm says is crucial to their success regardless of outcome.

CHICAGO, IL -- New Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm is looking to translate his success at Western Kentucky into wins at his new gig in West Lafayette.

Speaking at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Brohm spoke of his like for his defensive personnel after going through spring camp. He fielded one of the best defenses in the nation in his three years at WKU.

"I like out defense, I think they're further ahead on that side of the ball than anywhere else," Brohm said. "Our style will be aggressive. We'll try to take away the run. Last year at Western Kentucky we were second in the nation against the run behind Alabama."

Brohm led the Hilltoppers to back-to-back Conference USA Championships in his three years in Bowling Green, KY. 

Purdue opens the season against his alma mater in the Louisville Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium, September 2nd. It will be a tough game to start the season after the Boilers have finished with losing records the last six years, but he says a game of this caliber is necessary.

"We want our non-conference to be as tough as it can be," Brohm continued. "It may hurt us in win and loses, but that is how you build a competitive football team."

Another notable non-conference game on Purdue's schedule this year is Missouri out of the SEC, September 16th. Brohm is also pleased to be facing the Cardinals in their season opener at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

"Without question we want to establish an identity in Indianapolis and around the state. It's a great venue to get into so that all our fans around there and around the state can come see us play."

The Boilermakers have not had a winning season since Danny Hope was the head coach in 2011 going 7-6. They finished the season 3-9 last year after firing head coach Darrell Hazell three-games into the season, and naming Gerad Parker interim head coach for the remainder of the season. 

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