Before the Carolina Panthers
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*Stats courtesy of NAIA
Brandon Wegher started his collegiate career at Iowa University and played well as a freshman with 641 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. However, he had some academic and legal issues and finished his college career at Morningside College, an NAIA program.
In his final season though he set the NAIA record for rushing yards in a season with over 200 rushing yards per game. He also had 39 touchdowns in his final season at Morningside.
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Wegher didn't see any playing time during the regular season but had an impressive showing during the preseason. The impact Wegher made on the coaching staff earned a spot on the team's practice squad and has set him up to earn a spot on the active roster in 2016.
He didn't waste any time making an impact and in the first game he took a reception 42 yards for a touchdown. Then in the second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, he had two rushing touchdowns however in the final game against the Pittsburgh Steelers he had his best performance. He carried the ball 17 times for 64 rushing yards and averaged 3.8 yards per carry.
Brandon Wegher has had a long and challenging road to get to this point and he has a great opportunity to make it the next step in his career and earn a spot on the 53-man roster. The Panthers last year relied heavily on Jonathan Stewart and this season the team could give more work to Cameron Artis-Payne to hopefully keep Stewart healthy the entire season.
This means that rushing attempts may be hard to come by but Wegher could develop into that change of pace running back for this offense, a role that Fozzy Whittaker has played the past few seasons. Wegher may not have the experience that Whittaker does but I believe he is more explosive. If Wegher can prove that he can handle blitz pickups, an important part of the position, he has a great chance to make this roster.