PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, who completed his career as the holder of no fewer than 14 BIG EAST records, has been chosen the 2007 BIG EAST/A?postale Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
A senior from Louisville, Ky., Brohm will receive a $2,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. The Conference also announced the 82 players who were chosen to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
Brohm, who was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year in 2005, led the conference in passing in each of his three seasons in the league, including 2007, when he threw for a conference-record 4,024 yards to go with 30 touchdowns. He passed for at least 300 yards in a league-record seven games in 2007, highlighted by a 555-yard effort against Syracuse Sept. 22, and had 18 300-yard games his career.
Brohm threw for a BIG EAST-record 9,956 yards in his three seasons in the conference, surpassing the previous record of 9,565 held by Miami's Ken Dorsey since 2002. His career completion percentage of 65.7 makes him the most accurate passer in BIG EAST history. He helped Louisville to its first BIG EAST championship in the 2006 season and was named MVP of the 2007 FedEx Orange Bowl after leading the Cardinals to a win against Wake Forest.
Brohm, who earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors in 2005 and second team accolades in 2006 and 2007, was a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection in 2006 and 2007. He holds a 3.52 grade-point average as a finance major.
In addition to his academic work, Brohm has volunteered his time with the Louisville Cards Care program in a number of community service endeavors, including visits to Kosair Children's Hospital and the St. Francis School in Louisville. He also has served Thanksgiving dinner to area children at the Louisville Boys and Girls Club.
The BIG EAST/A?postale Scholar-Athlete Awards were established to recognize student-athletes who have achieved success in the classroom and on the field. A?postale sponsors all of the conference's academic awards for graduate or professional school studies and has provided apparel items to all participants at men's and women's BIG EAST Championship events. In addition, the BIG EAST/A?postale Administrative Fellowship Program provides a qualified former student-athlete the opportunity to work at the BIG EAST Conference office to learn the essential elements of athletics administration. A?postale and the BIG EAST have been partners since 1999.
2007 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team
The Cardinals also had 11 members of the 2007 BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team who were nominated by the respective institutions. To be nominated, a player must have a cumulative grade-point index of at least 3.0, have completed a minimum of two semesters of academic work, and must have earned a letter during the 2007 season.
Daniel Barlowe Sr., OL Tallahassee, Fla. Exercise Science/Sports Medicine