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Dec. 6, 2016


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Here are facts and figures, stats and stories about new Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm.

1. His last name is pronounced "BRAHM," and you can follow him on Twitter @JeffBrohm

2. His three-year record at Western Kentucky from 2014 to 2016 was a remarkable 30-10 (.750 winning percentage), including 19-5 in Conference USA games (.792). The Hilltoppers were league champions in 2015 and 2016, the first back-to-back titles as an FBS member in school history.

3. Western Kentucky won the 2014 Bahamas Bowl (49-48 over Central Michigan) and the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl (45-35 over Miami, Fla.) and will play in the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 20. The Hilltoppers were ranked No. 24 in the final 2015 Associated Press poll.

4. Western Kentucky is one of 10 teams nationally with 10 or more wins each of the last two seasons, along with Alabama, Boise State, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Temple and Wisconsin.

5. The Hilltoppers have averaged 44.6 points, 356.6 passing yards and 526.2 yards of total offense per game over the last three seasons.

6. Under Brohm, Western Kentucky ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (No. 6 in 2014, No. 3 in 2015 and No. 2 in 2016), passing offense (No. 2 in 2014, No. 4 in 2015 and No. 5 in 2016) and total offense (No. 4 in 2014, No. 9 in 2015 and No. 7 in 2016) each of his three seasons.

7. A 14-year collegiate coaching veteran, Brohm served as an assistant coach at Louisville (quarterbacks 2003-06, assistant head coach/passing game 2007, assistant head coach/offensive coordinator 2008), Florida Atlantic (quarterbacks 2009), Illinois (quarterbacks 2010-11), UAB (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks 2012) and Western Kentucky (assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks 2013). He began his career as the head coach of the Louisville Fire in the af2 in 2002.

8. Brohm enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career as a quarterback at Louisville from 1989 to 1993. A three-year starter, he ranks among the Cardinals' career leaders in touchdown passes (sixth, 38), total offense (seventh, 5,410), completion percentage (eighth, .562), passing yards (eighth, 5,451), passing efficiency (eighth, 129.97), passing attempts (ninth, 715) and completions (ninth, 402). Brohm was voted the team's Most Valuable Player during both his junior and senior seasons, and his number 11 was honored by Louisville as part of its Ring of Honor in 2006.

9. Purdue athletics director Mike Bobinski remembers watching the 1993 Liberty Bowl between Louisville and Michigan State during which Brohm played with two steel pins and a steel plate in the index finger of his throwing hand. Brohm still managed to complete 19-of-29 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, while playing in 20-degree temperatures and freezing rain, to earn the game's MVP award in the Cardinals' 18-7 victory.

10. While at Louisville, Brohm also played two seasons of minor league baseball in the Cleveland Indians' organization, as an outfielder with the Burlington Indians of the Appalachian League (Rookie) in 1990 and the Watertown Indians of the New York-Penn League (Class A) in 1991. One of his teammates in Burlington was future major league all-star Jim Thome.

11. Brohm played seven seasons in the National Football League with the San Diego Chargers (1994), Washington Redskins (1995-96), San Francisco 49ers (1997-98), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1998), Denver Broncos (1999) and Cleveland Browns (2000). In eight career games - all with the 49ers - he completed 37-of-58 passes (63.8 percent) for 353 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His best game came Oct. 27, 1996, when he completed 19-of-30 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown to lead San Francisco to a 10-9 win over the Houston Oilers.

12. He was the backup to Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young in San Francisco, and he was teammates with Purdue Hall of Fame fullback Mike Alstott in Tampa Bay. In Denver, he was the backup to Brian Griese, son of Purdue, College Football and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese.

13. In 2001, Brohm played in the XFL for the Orlando Rage and was named first team All-XFL. He is best known for his pregame television interview one week after being knocked out of a game. You can watch it here.

14. Among those coaches who have influenced him, Brohm's list includes Bobby Ross, Norv Turner, George Seifert, Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy, Herm Edwards, Monte Kiffin, Mike Shanahan, Gary Kubiak and Romeo Crennel as a player in the NFL and Howard Schnellenberger, Bobby Petrino and Ron Zook as a college coach.

15. Brohm was a standout player at Trinity High School in Louisville. He won the Kentucky Mr. Football Award as a senior in 1988 while leading the Shamrocks to a state championship and undefeated season. Brohm was named the Kentucky High School Player of the Decade for the 1980s and was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

16. A native of Louisville, Brohm earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1994. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a son, Brady, and a daughter, Brooke. Jeff and Jennifer met in a freshman biology class at Louisville. Brady, who turned 12 the day his father was hired at Purdue, served as the "get back" coach at Western Kentucky, and you can follow him on Twitter at @Batman12504

17. Jeff is one of four family members to be a football letterwinner at Louisville, along with his father, Oscar (quarterback 1966-69), and younger brothers, Greg (wide receiver 1989-92) and Brian (quarterback 2004-07). The Brohm family, including mother, Donna, and sister, Kim, was inducted into the Louisville Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

18. Growing up, Brohm was an avid fan of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys.

19. Brohm enjoys going to concerts, anything from country to hip hop to roll and rock.

20. Brohm's first game as coach of the Boilermakers will be against his alma mater Sept. 2, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.


  


 

 

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