Tag:Brandon Wegher transfer
Posted on: January 13, 2011 3:39 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
After disappearing from the Iowa football roster just ahead of the 2010 season and never returning, it looked like Brandon Wegher's FBS career might be over. But it looks like we haven't heard the last of the bruising running back and (relatively rare) four-star prospect out of Iowa just yet, as Wegher publicly stated today that he will be transferring to Oklahoma to continue his career as a walk-on.
At a glance, Wegher's hard-nosed running style might not make him seem like the best fit for the Sooners' wide-open offense, but after rushing for 641 yards and a school-record right touchdowns as a true freshman for the Hawkeyes, it wouldn't be wise to count Wegher out. And as a walk-on rather than a scholarship transfer who's already missed a year of playing time, Wegher may be able to avoid the typical transfer year spent on the bench.
The best part of the news for Oklahoma? With Wegher walking on and hoping to earn a scholarship later, there's no risk involved for Bob Stoops and Co. (assuming Wegher's much-rumored-about "personal reasons " that led to his falling-out with Iowa become an issue, which seems unlikely). If Wegher can't crack the playing rotation, no scholarship harm, no foul.
And as for Wegher, if he can, he'll be part of a potential preseason No. 1 team and the certain favorites to bring hom a second straight Big 12 championship. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved ... save, we suppose, the Iowa fans who may have to watch their native son go on to glory with someone else.
Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:13 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
The Iowa backfield looks to be lighter in the 2011 season, as Brandon Wegher may not be the only tailback leaving the Hawkeyes.
Wegher, as we reported Saturday, was granted a release from his scholarship per his request. There's no word on where Wegher's headed, but he's already pretty close to home; Wegher is a native of Dakota Dunes, SD, and attended high school in nearby Sioux City, IA. Nebraska 's closer, and the Cornhuskers were finalists for Wegher's services out of high school. Wegher did sit the 2010 season out, though, and he may not want to spend another season away from the field for transferring to another FBS school (Wegher wasn't enrolled at whichever school he ends up at during his leave of absence, so it doesn't count towards the 12 months of ineligibility he faces). He may end up at South Dakota or South Dakota State if he'd rather get back to playing ball while closer to home.
Then there's sophomore Jewel Hampton , who posted that he's a "former Hawkeye" on his Facebook status last night, and the advice he receives from a teammate right off the bat doesn't exactly look promising in light of Derrell Johnson-Koulianos' arrest on drug charges last week:
Hampton's status has yet to be officially addressed by the school, but that may change in a matter of minutes, as a press release is expected from Iowa later this afternoon. There are unconfirmed rumors of drug testing playing a role in Hampton's departure from the team, but at this point, those are staying rumors. He could just be homesick or otherwise frustrated with his time at Iowa, seeing as how he's torn an ACL twice in as many years at Iowa. Harmless change of scenery? Perhaps.
As for fellow running back Adam Robinson and his "LIVE IT UP" exhortation, well, giving unproductive advice isn't in and of itself a dismissable offense, so we'll have to wait and see if there's any change in his status.