Jeff Brohm’s offense delivered for Louisville football in Year 1. Cards coach expects more


Cartwheels, fourth-down conversions and trick plays during the 2023 Louisville football season were only a glimpse of what a Jeff Brohm-orchestrated offense can look like.

In his first year coaching the Cardinals, Brohm had three months between his hiring and the beginning of spring football to keep the 2023 high school recruiting class together while assembling one of the country’s best transfer portal groups. The outcome was a 10-win season and the program’s first ACC championship appearance.

Brohm has now had a full recruiting cycle to bring in players who fit his system. The returning Louisville players have had a year to become more familiar with his playbook, too. It sets up the Cardinals to take another step toward a pro-style offense made in Brohm’s image.

It did well at Purdue, which averaged 419.7 total yards of offense per game and had five offensive players drafted in the NFL over the past two years.

“It’s a home run offense,” said Cardinals offensive lineman Michael Gonzalez, who stayed with the program after the coaching change a year ago. “You can get a home run, or you can run the ball, run 15 plays down the field to score a touchdown. We can do whatever. I really enjoy playing in this offense.”

Jeff Brohm likes to emphasize tight ends

One of the biggest pieces to establishing more of a Brohm-esque offense is developing the tight ends. The Cardinals added three from the transfer portal, and Jamari Johnson has had a year in the system heading into his sophomore season.

Brohm has emphasized tight ends’ importance in his offense. During Brohm’s final two years at Purdue, tight end Payne Durham was the fourth- and second-leading receiver and also was one of the top run blockers of those who played 10 or more games. In 2021, Durham had the third-best run blocking grade and sixth-best pass…

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Publish date : 2024-04-02 09:30:42

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