Iowa's three-man race for the starting running back job is down to two, at least for now.
Sophomore Brandon Wegher isn't practicing with the team for undisclosed reasons, according to multiple media reports. A source tells my guy Marc Morehouse that Wegher's issues aren't related to academics, but the running back's status going forward is unclear.
Asked if Wegher's status had changed earlier Tuesday, a team spokesman wrote me in an e-mail: "No change in status at this time."
Head coach Kirk Ferentz isn't expected to address Wegher's status today, although a portion of practice is open to the media.
This is definitely a wait-and-see situation. Rumors about Wegher leaving Iowa cropped up more than once during the offseason, but he attended the team's media day last Friday and seemed to be in good spirits.
Asked about the competition with fellow backs Jewel Hampton and Adam Robinson, he told the Iowa City Press Citizen, "We're all working together, we're not trying to beat each other right now. As of right now, all three of us are trying to get better as individuals to help the team."
Let's wait and see what happens here. Iowa certainly has other options at running back, but the Hawkeyes are better with Wegher in the fold. He set a team freshman record with eight rushing touchdowns and comes off of a 113-yard rushing performance against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.