AKRON, Iowa -- Former University of Iowa running back and Bishop Heelan star Brandon Wegher was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with his brother, Akron police said Wednesday.
Police Chief Kimm Nielsen said Wegher allegedly pushed his brother, Cole Wegher, on March 16 as Cole Wegher prepared to move out of their home in the 500 block of Main Street. Cole Wegher struck his head on a kitchen counter but did not suffer any serious injuries, Nielsen said.
According to Plymouth County District Court records, Brandon Wegher pleaded not guilty March 19 and a trial is set for April 16. He was released without bail, and an order of protection was issued for his brother.
A number listed for Brandon Wegher was disconnected, and the defense attorney listed in court documents, Ryan Richardson, of Le Mars, Iowa, did not immediately respond to a phone message and email seeking comment Wednesday evening.
In 2009, Wegher rushed for a freshman-record 641 yards and eight touchdowns for the Hawkeyes. He did not return to the University of Iowa for his sophomore season for what head coach Kirk Ferentz cited as "personal reasons," and the Hawkeyes released him from his scholarship.
Wegher made a brief stop at the University of Oklahoma early last year, but left the program soon thereafter. Wegher began attending classes at Iowa Western last fall but was declared ineligible to compete at the Council Bluffs school.
There, he was arrested on misdemeanor charges of eluding and public intoxication for an incident that occurred on Oct. 16.