Brohm And Boilers Confident As They Approach Louisville Game
INDIANAPOLIS -- In his first ever game as the head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers, Jeff Brohm will have a tall order as his team will be thrown right to the wolves in their 2017 season opener against the #16 Louisville Cardinals.
"We're looking forward to the challenge. Our guys have worked extremely hard," Brohm said at a press conference Monday in West Lafayette. "We've had a good fall camp. I think, as we get closer to Game 1, our guys are starting to get that itch and that feel that it's time to get out there on the field and showcase what we're all about."
The Boilers and the Cardinals are set to go at it at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis. Brohm says they will have to have a tough strategy to contain Louisville quarterback and last year's Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.
"He's a guy that can really change the outcome of the game in one play," Brohm continued on Jackson. "We've seen the teams where he's ran all over and seen a few other teams that maybe have corralled him to a certain degree, and I think we have to do that."
Another question that the Boilers have been facing all summer long is who their starting quarterback would be. The depth chart lists last year's starter, David Blough, as the top man, but he was injured in practice during training camp and has been a question mark ever since.
Blough returned to practice this week.
"I think David was having a great camp," Brohm said of his quarterback. "Unfortunately, he missed slightly over two weeks of camp with his shoulder. Yesterday was his first day back out. I thought he did a very good job."
Blough's shoulder injury did not help the Boilers in their efforts to get better on offense, something that Coach Brohm said last week that he felt they were behind in. Brohm attributes the lack in progress on offense to his team's youth on the offensive side on the ball, contrary to what he says is a lot of experience on defense.
"I don't see us (on offense) with the experience that we have on the other side of the ball," Brohm added. "I think we have improved. You've got to get as much experience as you can in practice where you're simulating the game repetitions."
Saturday's meeting with the Cardinals in Indianapolis will be the first time ever the two teams have met on a football field. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.
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