Former Morningside running back Brandon Wegher is one of the players featured on the 2015 NFL Network series “Undrafted.”
Former Morningside College and current Carolina Panthers running back Brandon Wegher is one of the players featured on this year’s NFL Network Emmy-nominated series “Undrafted.”
The 2015 series kicked off with a special premiere on CBS on Wednesday, Sept 16, at 9 p.m. Central time zone.
“Undrafted” airs on the NFL Network on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Central time zone from Sept. 22 to Nov. 3. Special encore presentations of each of the eight episodes will air Thursdays following the “Thursday Night Football” postgame shows.
All eight episodes tell the stories of players who were undrafted and are currently working to make their dream of playing in the NFL a reality. The players who will be profiled are Wegher, George Farmer from the University of Southern California, Cole Jaeschke from Upper Iowa University, Harold Legania from the University of Minnesota, Chad Toocheck from the University of West Alabama, and Troy Torrence from St. Francis University.
Wegher, who signed with Carolina as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 8, made the Panthers’ 53-player regular season roster after he scored three touchdowns in the team’s four pre-season games. He rushed for 110 yards and caught two passes for 47 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown on the last play of the game in the Panthers’ 25-24 victory against the Buffalo Bills.
Wegher played at Morningside during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, where he helped lead the Mustangs to the national semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series both years. Wegher is the Mustangs’ all-time career leader with 3815 yards rushing and 52 touchdowns.
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. 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 during the 2014 campaign. The Mustangs also set new NAIA records with averages of 55.5 points and 662.2 yards total offense per game.
“Undrafted” is co-produced by NFL Network in association with Mandalay Sports Media, DG West, and Indigenous Films.