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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 28 Digital 3

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 3 11 J eff Brohm probably has heard most of the superlatives. Genius. Guru. Mastermind. Innovator. Brohm's reputation as an offensive, well, all of those, played a key role in him landing the Purdue gig just over one year ago. A former quarterback, then quarterbacks coach then offensive coordinator, Brohm had developed a certain style and aggressive approach through all of his titles and stops, whether it be working in Bill Walsh's presence in San Francisco, experiencing the West Coast offense with Mike Shanahan, being Bobby Petrino's understudy at Louisville, watching Ron Zook's open offenses at Illinois or playing for Howard Schnellen- berger at Louisville. So once Brohm became head coach at Western Kentucky, he'd fine-tuned the exact offense he wanted, and he had the players to execute it in an increasingly productive way, racking up yards, points and explosive plays en route to a 30-10 record in three seasons. Splashy, for sure. So, maybe, that's what initially garnered interest in Brohm from other pro- grams. Maybe that's what initially impressed Mike Bobinski at Purdue. Maybe it's what got David Blough, Markell Jones and the Boilermakers' playmaking Football Approach, attitude played key roles in turnaround season BY STACY CLARDIE

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