Friday, January 14, 2011
Sooners backfield gets even more crowded
By ESPN.com staff
Oklahoma already has a handful of backs jockeying for carries in 2011. Sophomore-to-be Roy Finch, who averaged just under five yards a carry as a freshman in 2010, headlines this group.
The Sooners added another on Thursday, when former Iowa running back Brandon Wegher announced he would transfer to Oklahoma.
Wegher sat out the 2010 season after leaving the Hawkeyes in August, but ran for 641 yards and eight touchdowns as a freshman in 2009. It wasn't immediately clear if sitting out the 2010 season would satisfy the one-year requirement that comes with transferring to another FBS school, but Wegher plans to walk on to the Sooners. An OU spokesman told the Tulsa World that Wegher would need to be granted a waiver by the NCAA to play in 2011.
The Sioux City, Iowa native notched three 100-yard games as a freshman at Iowa after signing a letter of intent in 2009 as the nation's No. 32 running back.
Oklahoma loses DeMarco Murray to the NFL heading into next season, but behind Finch is an uncertain set of ballcarriers.
Brennan Clay likely has the best shot at the No. 2 running back, after carrying the ball 36 times for 127 yards as a freshman and missing three games after taking a serious hit against Florida State.
Jermie Calhoun carried the ball 45 times for 220 yards as a freshman in 2009, but got just 11 carries in 2010 before tearing an ACL.
Jonathan Miller ran for 130 yards on 18 carries before a serious injury ended his 2009 season. He didn't get a carry in 2010.
The Sooners also have a running back, ESPNU 150 member Brandon Williams, set to sign in the 2011 class.
Where does Wegher fit in? It's tough to tell this early, but his performance during spring practice could go a long way in making it clear.