Iowa RB transfer grew up a Sooner fan
Often times people become fans of a certain team because of experiences as a kid. That’s certainly the case for former Iowa running back Brandon Wegher, who is transferring to OU because of impressions made during visits to his aunt’s home in Norman.
Wegher’s aunt owned a barber shop on campus. She took him to a couple of OU games. He once attended a Red River game against Texas in the Cotton Bowl. He also was disappointed when he attended the 2002 national championship game against LSU in New Orleans.
“My aunt pretty much laid the Sooners on my lap,” Wegher said Thursday night in an interview with The Oklahoman. “I went to some kids’ camps and a few games. I really started becoming a fan in 2000.”
Years later, Wegher has decided to walk on at OU.
“I’m going to be a Sooner this next semester,” Wegher said. “I’m driving down this weekend to set things up and enroll. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity coach (Bob) Stoops and the University of Oklahoma are giving me.”
Wegher rushed for 641 yards his freshman year at Iowa but last summer left the team two days into fall camp for personal reasons. He didn’t play a down last season. Iowa granted a release from his scholarship before Christmas.
He informed Stoops of his plans to transfer Thursday after laying the ground work earlier this week with running backs coach Cale Gundy.
“I grew up watching the Sooners,” Wegher said. “I went through some issues, some personal things. Now I’m back on top of it. I’m looking forward to moving forward and being part of the Sooner family.”
Despite not playing last season, because he wasn’t enrolled at OU, Wegher, 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, most likely will have to sit out one year unless he’s granted an NCAA waiver.
“I’m not 100 percent sure if I’ll be sitting out,” Wegher said. “I haven’t talked to the coaches about it but other people have been telling me stuff. I’ve heard different things. I’m not sure, yet.”
His aunt moved back to the Iowa/South Dakota area five years ago but he was hooked.
Several years later Wegher is hoping to revive his career at OU.
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