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Iowa Hawkeyes – Athlete Updates And Human Interest

By Freddie Brister

The absence of Brandon Wegher

Brandon Wegher, a prominent freshman player during last season’s games did not attend the fall camp practice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Sophomore running back played a total of 12 games last season and scored eight touchdowns, topping the freshmen records of the school. His total of 641 rushing yards places him in no. 3 position and his 967 all-purpose yards puts him in fourth place for freshmen. The Big Ten Roster has him in position 8 for his 4-0 score and in position 10 for 53.4 yards. Along with him, two other freshmen played in last season’s games.

For reasons that coach Kirk Ferentz would not disclose, he has not been seen on camp since last Saturday, August 7, 2010. The coach has nothing to say about the events until the end of the team’s public practice, scheduled on the 14th of August, 2010, Saturday.

However, the coach has disclosed that fact that Brandon has left camp to attend to matters of personal concern. He expressed his confidence that the athlete would rejoin the team in a few days.

It cannot have been a serious matter that called Wegher away as the coach does not seem disturbed about the incident at all. He has not dropped any hints that the sophomore will no longer be part of his group of ‘three experienced running backs.’

The Iowa Hawkeyes ranked no. 5 by Playboy Sports Magazine

The Hawkeyes have been given fifth place at the 54th Annual College Football Pigskin Preview hosted by editor Gary Cole of Playboy Sports. The top four places go to Ohio State, Texas, Alabama and Boise State. The list also has Wisconsin occupying 8th place. Wisconsin is also a Big Ten member. Nebraska, a future Big Ten member, is in 12th place while Georgia State is far down at position 25.

The editor’s pick for the team with the most chances to win is Ohio State. He says that following their win over the Longhorns, they will come out national winner in the championships.

Clayborn chooses to stay with the Hawkeyes

Although his performance during last season’s playoff was outstanding, Hawkeyes defensive end Adrian Clayborn skipped the NFL draft for 2010. Having evaluated himself after a series of revealing incidents which followed his successful season, he feels he needs to wait a bit more before attempting to become a football pro.

Soon after being applauded by his fans, the athlete was involved in a punching incident. He hit a cabbie who used the ‘N-word’ with him. After being charged, he pleaded guilty to having engaged in disorderly conduct.

After that, a woman-stalker was following him all throughout Iowa City all the way up to Kinnick stadium. This went on for several months. However, the stalker was finally arrested and jailed. She was instructed to stay away from Clayborn.

All that has led the athlete to decide to take time to mature before he joins the ranks of NFL players.

It is ironical that as a child, he had been assessed by their family doctor as not having the constitution for contact sports. He recommended that he should avoid them. His mother did her best to discourage him from playing football and was definitely against his becoming a football professional.

A great part of the unfinished business that Clayborn claims he has to finish is spending time with kids at the hospital and playing with young athletes. He is, of course, greatly admired in his community as well for his decision to stick with the Hawkeyes for a while as for his concern for kids.

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