Another Brohm Leaves Louisville Football

You will never hear a Brohm criticize the University of Louisville publicly. The Brohms care so much.

Greg Brohm
Greg Brohm

Took a little longer than expected but Greg Brohm is no longer Director of Football Operations at U of L. The observer had concluded in March, shortly after Jeff Brohm left the football program as offensive coordinator, that Greg’s departure was inevitable.

Brohm, who lettered as a wide receiver from 1989 to 1992, will work on special projects at U of L, including the expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

“The university is very important to me,” Greg told the Courier-Journal. “I will do whatever job I am asked to do to the best of my ability. With stadium expansion and the other projects we have going on, I think there are some areas I look forward to helping with.”

His other brother, Brian Brohm, quarterbacked the Cardinals from 2004 through 2007. The Brohms have been associated with the football program since 1968-69 when their dad, Oscar Brohm, was quarterback.

Quite a legacy.

Will Stein A Long Shot For Louisville QB

The fact that Will Stein isn’t given much of a chance to quarterback the University of Louisville football team may say more about the ups and downs of Kentucky high school football than it does about Will Stein.

Will Stein holds Trinity TD record (CJ photo)
Will Stein holds Trinity TD record (CJ photo)

He’s a product of Trinity, the same school that sent Brian Brohm and Jeff Brohm to Louisville, two of the Cardinals’ best-ever quarterbacks. The Brohms led Trinity to multiple state championships.

Will Stein also led Trinity to a state title, the Class 6-A state championship in 2007, in his only season as a starter. Along the way he completed 255 of 360 passes for 3,697 yards and 54 touchdowns while throwing just seven interceptions.

Most notably, he broke former U of L quarterback Brian Brohm’s school record for TD passes and is second behind Brohm’s 3,777 yards in 2002.

One of Stein’s most memorable performances came in a regional final, in which he threw six touchdown passes against Lexington Henry Clay. Here are video highlights from that game:

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Trinity, despite its incredible success over the years, has produced only two Kentucky Mister Football winners — Jeff Brohm in 1988 and Brian Brohm in 2003.

This year’s U of L roster includes four former Shamrocks — running back Blayne Donnell, defensive back Agyei Williams, offensive lineman Alex Kupper and Will Stein.

Justin Burke And The Louisville Shuffle

Justin-BurkeFans hoping to get a handle on the University of Louisville’s quarterback situation during the spring scrimmage came away more confused than ever, with Justin Burke, the player who seemed to have an edge, getting lost in the shuffle.

Probably a long shot, but some diehards, including this observer, may have been hoping that part of coach Steve Kragthorpe’s plan was to create confusion, possibly for opposing coaches in the crowd. Nah, coaches don’t do that.

Burke is one of the most intriguing prospects, hailing from Lexington Catholic, practically playing in the shadows of Commonwealth Stadium. Initially chose to play for North Carolina State, which has been on the ropes in recent years. Then decided to come to Louisville, sitting out last season because of the NCAA’s Division I transfer requirements.

The Justin Burke U of L fans want to see is the one described on an ESPN recruiting site in 2006, and having had a couple of years to work on any perceived deficiencies:

Burke is an accurate, efficient passer that has been extremely productive and efficient throughout his career. Has a quick release and does a good job of seeing the whole field and he makes sound pre-snap reads. Shows good timing and touch on short and intermediate routes. Shows the ability to consistently find his “hot” receiver and beat the blitz. Has good touch on the deep ball and can drop the ball in over coverage.

He does not possess an elite arm, but he shows adequate velocity and he gets rid of the ball quickly and avoids unnecessary hits in the pocket. Can beat the rush with his release. Has quick feet, shows good pocket awareness and will buy some extra chances within the pocket. He is an excellent passer on the run especially to his right side. Is a mature, intelligent leader and is a polished passer at this level. He has some of the intangibles that you can’t coach and has a natural feel for the game.

He is an excellent prospect for a “spread” offense and has operated in a sound offensive scheme at the high school level. Is listed at six-foot-three, but appears shorter than that. He should gain some needed bulk once he enters college and look for his arm strength to improve as well, but his lack of arm may limit his potential at the college level.

Louisville’s Froman Aims For Greatness

Confident. Fearless. A guy in total control.

He reports that Froman is now bigger, stronger and, in his estimation, better than ever — just in time for fall practice.

Louisville quarterbacks coach Matt Wells said the competition will be decided in August. But Wells has been impressed by Froman’s toughness and innate ability to command a huddle.

“Adam is an excellent leader and an emotional guy,” Wells said. “The thing with him is that he expects all-out effort and commitment from himself and I think that carries over to his teammates. He has a special quality in that he burns to be not just good, but great.”

Froman has impressed this observer as a very confident and articulate player who will command respect whether he starts from day one or not. He is the kind of player you want representing the University of Louisville.

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