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Published on NewsOK Modified: August 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm •  Published: August 18, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — In a story Aug. 15 about Western Kentucky football, The Associated Press reported erroneously that quarterback Brandon Doughty threw 15 interceptions last season and that WKU coach Jeff Brohm was a quarterback at Louisville under Bobby Petrino. Doughty threw 14 interceptions last season and Brohm was the quarterbacks coach at Louisville under Petrino.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Brohm takes over for Petrino at Western Kentucky

Jeff Brohm follows coach Bobby Petrino at WKU, aiming to keep Hilltoppers competitive in C-USA


Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky first-year coach Jeff Brohm is "doing everything" he can to maintain continuity for a program entering its third straight season with a different coach.

Brohm was WKU's offensive coordinator last season under Bobby Petrino before his promotion after Petrino returned to Louisville in January. His challenge with the Hilltoppers as they enter Conference USA is succeeding where others have struggled — maintaining success the year following Petrino's exit.

In Petrino's lone season at WKU, the Hilltoppers finished 8-4 in their final year in the Sun Belt Conference but missed a bowl game for the second time in three years.

Brohm believes WKU has the tools to avoid a dropoff.

"Without question, when you follow a guy like him, it's a tough path to follow," Brohm said. "I understand and, trust me, we've tried to do everything. ... I feel like we're in good position right now."

If Brohm succeeds, it would be a first for Petrino's college successors.

Steve Kragthorpe followed Petrino at Louisville and went 6-6 in 2007 but was fired after going 15-21 in three years. John L. Smith took over on an interim basis at Arkansas after Petrino's dismissal in April 2012 and went 4-8; he was replaced by Brett Bielema.

Brohm believes his knowledge of WKU personnel and familiarity with Petrino's system as his quarterbacks coach at Louisville could break that jinx. He retained all but four assistant coaches from last season, including defensive coordinator Nick Holt.

WKU also returns confident that senior quarterback Brandon Doughty can manage an offense that registered a school-record 5,502 yards last season.

"Things are very similar to what we've done last year," Brohm said. "So it's not like you're breaking in new guys and changing it up on them."


Here are five things to watch as WKU joins C-USA:

DOUGHTY'S GROWTH: Doughty said he's more mature and comfortable after a seesaw junior year in which he threw for a school-record 2,857 yards and 14 touchdowns but also 14 interceptions. He improved to lead WKU's four-game, season-ending winning streak.

RECEIVING DEPTH: WKU returns seven of its top nine receivers, including senior Willie McNeal (46 catches, 599 yards, 5 TDs).

REPLACING ANDREWS. The departure of two-time All-American Antonio Andrews opens the door for junior RB Leon Allen, who has 128 carries for 647 rushing yards and seven TDs in his career.

DEFENSIVE QUESTIONS: WKU must replace 10 lettermen. Junior LB Terran Williams is the most experienced linebacker with 53 tackles and six sacks in 36 games. Senior CB Cam Thomas had a Sun Belt-best five interceptions last season.

NEW ASSISTANTS: Brohm hired Tyson Helton as OC, Ken Delgado as defensive ends coach and Greg Nord as running backs coach and promoted Jamarcus Shepherd to receivers coach.


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