Brian Prom is jumping to the deep end on Saturday, he will be calling plays for the first time in his life.
The 35-year-old co-attack coordinator / quarterback coach in charge has been appointed by older brother Jeff Brom, who will miss Purdue’s season opener Versus Iowa (3:30 pm and ET) at Rose-Ade Stadium after the Kovit deal. -19. Jeff Prom will be back for the game in Illinois next week. But, until then, it’s Brian Prom’s show on Sports Day.
“As a player, and as a quarterback, you’re always thinking about the plays you call it,” Brian Prom said after training on Tuesday. “I was in situations where, mostly as a player in practice, the coaches would allow me to call it that. So, this was really the last time I called the game.”
“I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m excited about it.”
During his tenure at West Lafayette, Brian Prom worked from the press box during the game, working as sky-eyes for Jeff and making sports recommendations. But on Saturday, Brian Prom will be sidelined as acting head coach … in addition to his sporting calling duties. Prom is not sure who his eyes are on the sky on Saturday.
“We still do that kind of work,” Brian Brom said. “We haven’t decided who we’ve going to go to yet. But it’s going to be here soon. Make sure we’re got the right eyes in the sky, guys who can help with relay information.”
With Jeff still working remotely, making Brian Prom this week is not like any other week. In fact, Jeff spoke to the team after training via an iPod on Tuesday. He is also developing a plan for Iowa with Brian.
“Our product is not much different than normal,” Brian Prom said. “I’m always been heavily involved in sports, and I’m led that movement to put it together. But for now, I’m going to call it sports day.
Creating a script is part of the product.
“We usually script around the first 10 plays,” Brian Prom said. “We’ll come in and create it as an employee and even get input from the quarterback to find out which games we want to start. Everything will be set up context-wise as we do every game.
“But it’s one thing to go out and fix it. I think it’s a big deal. If you can fix that game plan and script, it’s important to know what really happens while the game is going on.”
Now, Brian Prom, Bakers’ second-round pick in 2008, gets the chance to show off his stuff flying alone. Don’t be shocked if he takes shots at Downfield, which has proven to be effective against Burdock and Iowa, who have been hockey 2-1 against Jeff Prom since taking charge in 2017.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Brian Prom said. Games… “
While all of this is going on, Jeff Brom will be away from Rose-Ade Stadium as he completes 10 days of isolation to recover from the corona virus. Does Brian think his older brother is going crazy? “
“I think he’s already crazy,” Brian said. “Yeah, I think he has ideas. With the win we can get out of there so he can be appreciative after the game. But, I hope he gets very emotional.”
Is Brian Prom nervous?
“You know what, I don’t,” he said. “I am not really nervous. As the game gets closer, I think it will feel more like you are playing the game, where you will get those little butterflies before you go out and have such an integral part of the game. I can’t say I didn’t get butterflies at the booth because the coordinator didn’t call it. But, of course, there are some more butterflies when you make calls on the field and an integral part of what is going on. ”
Who can forget the time Boilermaker Akhtani Mahongo burned hockey cornerbacks again in 2017 at Burdo’s 24-15 grief in Iowa? Mahongo had seven catches for 135 yards (19.3 ypc) and two third-quarter TDs.
The following year, Terry Wright inflicted damage on 19th Iowa against a 38-36 win at Rose-Ade Stadium, which Spencer Evans closed with a 25-yard field goal with eight seconds left. Wright caught six passes for 146 yards (24.3 ypc) with three DDs.
Last year, Burdo lost 26-20 in Iowa. However, David Bell had a great game, taking 13 catches for 197 yards and a D.T.
It’s three games against Iowa and three big games in the Burdo Whiteouts. Can Bell burn hockey again?
“I think Coach (Jeff) Brom’s theatrical call has put me in the right situation to catch the ball and stay open,” Bell said after training on Tuesday. “But Iowa is a great defense, and I know I’m going to have to work very hard to make more of this game.”
Who will line up at the No. 3 Whiteout on Saturday with Bell and Rondale Moore?
“I’m not sure,” Bell said. “We’re still waging a level war. (Recipients) Coach Shep (Zamarcus Shepard) is still evaluating a lot of men, and he hasn’t made a deep chart yet.”
Grand Hermans was fired. Mom and Dad, who are dealing with a fifth-year senior attack, are coming from New Mexico for the game. Also, due to the fact that only the families of players and staff will be coming to opener Versus Iowa on Saturday, it will be an intimate setting at Rose-Ade Stadium.
“Because there are no fans, I (my parents) can hear,” Hermans joked after training on Tuesday.
There is no doubt that this will be a strange environment throughout the Big Ten, which in 2020 will not allow the general public to participate in sports. There will be no more band and cheerleaders. Burdo did not allow any tailgate around Rose-Ade Stadium on Saturday.
“It would be a little weird,” Hermans said. “But once you get into the game, a lot of things fade away. You’re really focused on the task at hand and the guy in front of you. I do not think you should make a big difference. However, it’s nice when we play, there’s not a lot of crowd noise. They will reject us. ”
Burdo Sophomore Whiteout is not worried about the lack of David Bell fans.
“It could be a little worse,” Bell said. “Growing up, I went to Warren Central, so the crowd sold out from high school. Last year, every home game and distance game we played, the crowd was so crowded. So, it’s going to be a little different vibe.” But once you’ve come out, you’ll not hear the fans anyway. . You only hear them when you are sidelined. “