WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm spoke to local and statewide media in his weekly media conference on Oct. 26.
The topics included the paltry offensive performance in the 24-20 win over Iowa Saturday, his COVID-19 quarantine protocol and this weekend's matchup at Illinois.
Jeff Brohm enters his fourth year at the helm of the Boilermaker football program. A program with a combined nine wins in the 4 seasons prior to Brohm’s arrival, Purdue exceeded all expectations in his first season in 2017 and made noise throughout college football. The Boilermakers won 7 games, recaptured both of its rivalry trophies (the Cannon and the Old Oaken Bucket), and capped the season with Foster Farms Bowl victory over Arizona. They followed that up in 2018 with another bowl appearance, and Top 25 victories over Boston College, Iowa, and an historic victory over No. 2 Ohio State. Brohm’s three fundamental concepts – playing harder, tougher and smarter than the opposition – have been the benchmarks for his program, as well his calling cards of creative play-calling and an explosive, high-powered offense that has produced the past two Big Ten Freshmen of the Year and the first true freshman consensus first-team All-American in Big Ten history. The 2019 campaign was derailed by injuries to 19 starters, but many young players from the Boilermakers highly-touted recruiting classes of 2018 and 2019 gained valuable game experience that will lay a solid foundation for future seasons.
Despite the setbacks in 2019, Brohm’s offensive mastermind has led Purdue to average 413.9 yards per game and 27.2 points per game in his three seasons. The Boilermakers performance on the gridiron was noticed and recognized across the league and nationally including back-to-back Big Ten Freshman of the Year awards, the Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year award, the Big Ten Tight End of the Year award, and 2018 Paul Hornung Award winner, which is presented annually to the nation’s most versatile player.
Brohm continues to make end roads on the recruiting trail, signing two of the highest-ranked recruiting classes in school history 2019 and 2020. Purdue’s 2019 class was ranked 25th nationally - the highest since Joe Tiller inked the No. 20 class in 2004.
Brohm was hired Dec. 5, 2016, as the 36th full-time head football coach in Purdue history. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative offensive masterminds in college football, he became the first former quarterback to engineer the Boilermakers since Bob DeMoss in 1970. Brohm is presently under contract through the 2025 season.
Brohm came to the Boilermakers from Western Kentucky, where he compiled a remarkable 30-10 overall record (.750 winning percentage), including a 19-5 Conference USA mark (.792), from 2014 to 2016. The Hilltoppers were league champions in 2015 and 2016, the school’s first back-to-back titles as an FBS member. They won the 2014 Bahamas Bowl (49-48 over Central Michigan) and the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl (45-35 over Miami), as well as the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl (51-31 over Memphis under interim head coach Nick Holt). Western Kentucky was ranked No. 24 in the final 2015 Associated Press poll.
Brohm boasts a career record of 47-31, a .659 winning percentage.