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Running back Brandon Wegher beats odds, makes Panthers' roster

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A lot of success stories will surface today as NFL teams reduce their rosters to 53 players, but few are more compelling than that of running back Brandon Wegher.

The undrafted rookie out of Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) beat the odds and made the Carolina Panthers’ roster.

Wegher’s path to the NFL is traveled to say the least. He went from Iowa, where he rushed for 641 yards and a school freshman record eight touchdowns, to Oklahoma to Iowa Western Community College to Morningside.

There were academic issues and legal issues along the way. Wegher was arrested in Akron, Iowa, and charged with domestic abuse assault for allegedly pushing his brother, Cole, so hard that Cole’s head struck a kitchen counter sink.

As Wegher said during offseason workouts, "I was just being a kid. I didn’t have life figured out."

Wegher appears to have life figured out now. He has a 4-year-old son who was in the Carolina locker room the night after his dad scored two touchdowns in a preseason win against Miami.

He finished the preseason with 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 47 yards and a touchdown to become a fan favorite.

He also played well enough on special teams that the Panthers gave him a roster spot, apparently over kick return specialist Jordan Todman.

Wegher rushed for an NAIA record 2,610 yards at Morningside, so he has ability. He showed his great speed on the 42-yard touchdown catch against Miami.

He was on the bubble for much of the preseason.

Now he’s on an NFL roster.