Brandon Wegher has been selected to play in the Medal of Honor Bowl, which will be televised nationally by the NBC Network on Jan. 10, 2015.
Brandon Wegher, a 5-11, 210 lb. senior running back from Dakota Dunes, S.D., has been selected to play in the second Annual Medal of Honor Bowl.
The game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 10, at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
The Medal of Honor Bowl, which will be televised live nationally by the NBC Sports Network, is a premier all-star game that features the nation’s top draft-eligible college football players as projected for the NFL Draft. The game honors the Medal of Honor recipients and the game’s beneficiaries, the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, disabled veterans and wounded warriors.
The majority of the players are from the NCAA’s FBS conferences such as the SEC, Big 12, ACC, BIG 10 and PAC 12. A few of the nation’s best small school prospects also receive invitations to participate in the Medal of Honor Bowl.
Wegher had one of the greatest seasons in NAIA history during the 2014 campaign when he rushed for a NAIA record 2610 yards in 327 attempts for averages of 8.0 yards per carry and 200.8 yards per game. Aside from leading the nation in rushing, Wegher also topped the nation in scoring with 260 points to break the NAIA record for points in a season. Wegher also broke the existing NAIA national records with 43 touchdowns, 39 rushing touchdowns, and averages of 20.0 points per game, 3.3 touchdowns per game, and 8.0 yards per rushing attempt with a minimum of 250 carries.
Aside from his rushing exploits, Wegher was the Mustangs’ fourth leading pass receiver with 29 receptions for 429 yards and four touchdowns for an average of 14.8 yards per catch. He led the NAIA with an average of 233.8 all-purpose yards per game.
His exploits helped Morningside establish new NAIA national records with 4613 yards rushing and 8609 yards total offense in a season. The Mustangs also set new NAIA records with averages of 55.5 points and 662.2 yards total offense per game.
Wegher was named an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Coaches First-Team All-American, a third-team Associated Press Little All-American, and the 2014 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed for over 100 yards in 11 of the Mustangs’ 13 games, including a school-record 327 yards in a 50-7 victory against Dakota Wesleyan University. Wegher also topped the 300-yard mark when he rushed for 311 yards in the Mustangs’ 56-28 win against Missouri Valley College in the NAIA Championship Series Quarterfinals. He also had four 200-yard rushing performances with 258 yards against Concordia University, 250 yards against Doane College, 217 yards against Northwestern College, and 210 yards against Dordt College.
Wegher rushed for 3815 yards and 48 touchdowns in 535 attempts for an average of 7.1 yards per carry during his two-year career with the Mustangs to become the all-time leading rusher in Morningside history. He scored a school-record 52 touchdowns during his career and also set Morningside career records with 48 rushing touchdowns and an average of 7.1 yards per carry.