The Jeff Brohm era has started on the right foot at Purdue.
The Boilermakers are 3-3 (with all three losses coming against teams ranked at the time), and have looked a lot better than they did during the last few seasons. Purdue has had one of the better pass offenses in the Big Ten (246.8 yards per game), which is set to be a staple of Brohm’s offense, and the Boilermakers have scored 26.2 points per game.
Brohm has received some praise for Purdue’s solid start. He was named one of the coaches doing a best job in his first season in Sports Illustrated’s midseason awards. Brohm was second on the list of “Best Coaching Job: New Hire Division” behind Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford and ahead of Oregon’s Willie Taggart.
“He has wasted little time exciting a fan base that had been stuck with a lot of bad football in recent years,” Feldman wrote about Brohm.
The Big Ten was well represented on the rest of SI’s midseason awards. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor was named the country’s top freshman at the midway mark of the 2017 campaign. Taylor, a running back, has racked up 986 yards and 10 touchdowns through six games, hitting the 200-yard mark three times.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was named the nation’s top player at the midway point. Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown was named the top coordinator at the halfway mark. Barkley will face Brown’s defense this weekend.