“As a player and a quarterback you always think of games you would call,” Brian Brohm said after practice Tuesday. “I’ve been in situations, mainly in training as a player, where the coaches let us call it. So, this is probably the last time I call the game.…
“I feel ready for the challenge. I am delighted. ”
During his tenure at West Lafayette, Brian Brohm worked from the match-time press, serving as eyes in the sky for Jeff and making game suggestions. But on Saturday Brian Brohm will work on the sidelines as ‘interim head coach… in addition to his game call duties. Brohm doesn’t know who his eyes will be in the sky on Saturday.
“We’re still working through this,” said Brian Brohm. “We haven’t figured out exactly who we’re going to be moving there yet. But that’s something we’ll be talking about here shortly to make sure we have the right number of eyes in the sky and guys who can help relay the information.
Brian Brohm’s preparation this week was no different from any week in the past as Jeff is still working remotely. In fact, Jeff spoke with the team after practice via an iPad on Tuesday. And he made a plan for Iowa with Brian.
“Our preparation was not much different from normal,” said Brian Brohm. “I’m still heavily involved with the game plan and leading this movement to put that together. But now it’s just going to be me calling him on game day. So basically everything I did, everything I do until game day is pretty much the same as what I always do.
Part of the preparation is creating a script.
“We normally script around the first 10 pieces,” said Brian Brohm. “We will come and develop that as a staff and get input even from quarterbacks to determine which games we would like to start the game. Everything will be organized according to the situation, as we do in every game.
“But then it’s just a matter of going out there and calling it and being able to adjust. I think that’s the most important, being able to adjust that game plan and that script for what’s really going on as the game progresses. This is going to be the key. . ”
Now Brian Brohm – a 2008 Packers second-round pick – has the chance to show his business by flying solo. And don’t be shocked if he takes punches from the field, which has proven effective against Iowa for Purdue, who is 2-1 against the Hawkeyes since Jeff Brohm took over in 2017.
“I can’t wait to be there,” said Brian Brohm. “I feel prepared. “Football has been my life since I can remember. I saw a lot of situations and saw a lot of games being played, played a lot. games… ”
While all of this is going on, Jeff Brohm will be out of Ross-Ade Stadium as he completes a 10-day isolation to recover from the coronavirus. Does Brian think his older brother is going to go crazy? ”
“I think he’s probably going crazy already,” Brian said. “Yeah, I think he’ll have some ideas and I hope we come out of there with the win so he can be glowing after the game. But, I’m sure he will be very emotionally involved. ”
Is Brian Brohm nervous?
“You know what, I’m not,” he said. “I’m not really nervous. I think once the game gets closer you will probably feel more like playing in the game, where you get these little butterflies before you go, having such a big part in the game.… Not to say that I did not have butterflies in the booth because the coordinator did not call him. But, sure, a few more butterflies when you make the calls in the field and an integral part of what’s to come.
Last year, Purdue lost 26-20 to Iowa. Still, David Bell had a big game, making 13 catches for 197 yards and one touchdown.
That’s three games against Iowa and three big games by the Purdue exits. Can Bell burn the Hawkeyes again?
“I just think Coach (Jeff) Brohm’s call to play put me in the right places to catch the ball and be able to open,” Bell said after practice Tuesday. “But Iowa is a great defense and I know I’m going to have to work a lot harder to be more productive in this game. ”
Who will line up with Bell and Rondale Moore as their third draw on Saturday?
“I’m not sure,” Bell said. “We are still fighting a positional battle. Coach (receivers) Shep (JaMarcus Shephard) is still evaluating a lot of guys and he’s yet to make a depth draw. “
“Maybe I could hear (my parents),” Hermanns joked after practice Tuesday, “with the lack of fans.”
No doubt it will be a strange environment throughout the Big Ten, which will not allow the general public to attend the matches in 2020. And there will be no groups or cheerleaders. Purdue also won’t allow tailgating around Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a little strange,” Hermanns said. “But once you get into the game, a lot of things just go away. You are really focused on the task at hand and the guy in front of you. I don’t think you should be making too much of a difference. Although, it will be good when we play outside and there won’t be much noise from the crowds. And I hope they keep the crowd noise down for us when we get home. ”
David Bell, a second year at Purdue, isn’t worried about the lack of fans either.
“It will be a little awkward,” said Bell. “Because growing up I went to Warren Central, so the crowds have been exhausted from high school. Last year at every home and away game we played the crowd was pretty packed. So, it’s gonna be a weird little vibe. But once you’re there, you really don’t hear the fans anyway. The only time you really hear them is when you’re on the sidelines. “