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Former Iowa running back Brandon Wegher confirms transfer to OU

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: January 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm •  Published: January 13, 2011
Former Iowa running back Brandon Wegher has been an Oklahoma fan much of his life, which is why he investigated the possibility of walking on at OU.

"I'm going to be a Sooner this next semester," Wegher said Thursday night in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman. "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 Wegher 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."

He grew up an OU fan after visiting his aunt in Norman. She owned a barber shop on campus.

"My aunt pretty much laid the Sooners on my lap," Wegher said. "I went to some kids' camps and a few games. I really started becoming a fan in 2000."

His aunt moved back to the Iowa/South Dakota area five years ago, but he was hooked after watching a couple of games in Norman. He once attended the Red River Rivalry game in Dallas and the national championship game against LSU in New Orleans.

Wegher had lunch a couple of times with Brandon Jones, who was friends with his aunt. Josh Norman, a tight end on the 2000 national title team, visited him one week in Iowa when Wegher was at Sioux City Heelan.

"Josh was kind of my mentor throughout high school," Wegher said.

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