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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

> "Josh was kind of my mentor throughout high school," Wegher said. "He showed me the ropes and trained with me. He showed me what it would be like to be a college football player, things I needed to know."

Possessing good speed and vision, Wegher rushed for a career-high 113 yards in Iowa's 24-14 Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech a year ago, including a game-clinching 32-yard touchdown run late in the game. Wegher also set an Iowa freshman record with eight rushing TDs.

Wegher, though, said he would be open to moving to defense.

"Whatever the coaches have in mind for me," Wegher said. "I'm going down there with an open mind. I'm going to work hard and get my education. I'm just thrilled to have the opportunity to play at OU."

One of Iowa's most ballyhooed recruits in recent years, Wegher received scholarship offers from several schools, including Penn State, Auburn and Nebraska. Iowa coaches originally considered him a safety but changed after watching his senior year at Sioux City Heelan.

Wegher broke the Iowa 11-man, single-season rushing record as a senior, running for 3,238 yards, including 241 yards in a 35-10 win in the Class 3A championship game, Heelan's first state title in 26 years.

The Sooners have some Iowa connections. Stoops and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell both played at Iowa and began their coaching careers at Iowa. Bruce Kittle, OU's on-campus recruiting coordinator who is a candidate to fill Stoops' coaching vacancy, played with Stoops at Iowa.