Waiver denied, ex-Iowa RB to sit out ’11 as Sooner walk-on

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Brandon Wegher had been hoping he would be granted a waiver by the NCAA that would allow him to play for Oklahoma as a walk-on in 2011.

Instead, the former Iowa running back will have to wait until 2012 to hit the regular-season field as a Sooner.

Wegher received a release from his Iowa scholarship last month but, despite the fact that he sat out the entire 2010 season due to personal reasons, his request for a waiver from the NCAA was denied.  The sophomore was not enrolled at OU during the 2010 season, which led the NCAA to its obvious decision to force Wegher to sit out a transfer year.

Two weeks ago, Wegher revealed that he had opted to transfer to Oklahoma after receiving interest from, among other schools, Auburn and Penn State.  Wegher said he was a fan of the football program growing up, and worked with OU running backs coach Cale Gundy to get himself to Norman.

I grew up watching the Sooners,” Wegher told the Daily Oklahoman earlier this month. “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 the fact that his waiver was denied, Wegher will be permitted to workout and practice with the team.  He will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2012 season.

In 2009, Wegher set an Iowa record for freshmen with eight rushing touchdowns on his way to 641 yards rushing.