Jeff Brohm detailed Aidan O’Connell’s impact on Purdue’s program.

While dealing with his brother’s death, O’Connell led Purdue to an appearance in the B1G Championship Game against Michigan. O’Connell was able to overcome the adversity in his personal and helped deliver one of the best regular seasons for Purdue in recent history.

After last week’s win over Indiana, O’Connell returned home to be with his family following the death of his oldest brother, Sean. He was away from Purdue’s campus for a few days this week and will be ready to compete in Saturday night’s championship game.

Brohm spoke highly of his 24-year-old quarterback for playing through a family tragedy.

“Aidan O’Connell exemplifies what it means to be a Boilermaker. A lot of great quarterbacks have come through Purdue. He’s definitely one of them. He’s gone above and beyond to put in the work.”

O’Connell, who is a 6th-year senior, is having one of his best seasons at Purdue. In 2022, O’Connell has passed for 3,124 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. As Purdue’s offensive leader, O’Connell helped lead Purdue to an 8-4 record heading into the B1G Championship Game. O’Connell will be playing with a heavy heart on Saturday night.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on FOX.