Purdue's Jeff Brohm updates Rondale Moore's health, talks 'opportunity' with challenging schedule
It’s been awhile since Jeff Brohm last spoke to the media. For most of the spring and summer months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, Purdue’s players, coaches and staff have been relatively quiet.
That change a bit on Wednesday, after the B1G released its new schedule for the 2020 college football season. After a long silence, Brohm spoke with the media about the Boilers’ tough new road, Rondale Moore’s health and other items that popped up.
Perhaps Brohm’s most notable comment was on Moore, the star wide receiver who missed most of last season due to a leg injury. Entering the 2020 season, the former All-American is ready for a big season.
“He’s currently at 1,000%,” Brohm said, according to JD Arland of WLFI. “He’s on a mission.”
Moore appeared in just four games for Purdue last season before suffering a season-ending injury. He’s hoping to bounce back and look more like he did his freshman season when he totaled 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns on 114 catches in 2018.
Brohm also touched on Purdue’s updated schedule for the 2020 season, which is a tough road especially early in the year. The Boilermakers open the season against Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State in the first three weeks of the season. The following two contests are against Illinois and Wisconsin.
All five teams appeared in a bowl game last fall. But Brohm isn’t afraid of a little challenge to begin his fourth season in West Lafayette.
“You couldn’t ask for a better opportunity,” Brohm said, according to Tom Dienhart of Black and Gold Illustrated.
Purdue then closes the year with Rutgers, Minnesota, Northwestern, Nebraska and Indiana.
Brohm said, over the last few weeks, he’s met with players and spoken to parents about the option of opting out of the 2020 season, due to the pandemic. Brohm said that he wants players to do what’s best for them, but says nobody, at this time, has opted out.
Purdue finished last season with a 4-8 record. It was the first time the Boilers did not appear in a bowl game under Brohm.