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Iowa’s Wegher leaves team to deal with personal issues

After a week-long absence from practice with no explanation, it was confirmed Friday that sophomore running back Brandon Wegher has left the Iowa Hawkeyes to deal with personal issues.

“He has some things to work through,” coach Kirk Ferentz said, but would not elaborate further.

Ferentz also expressed hope that Wegher’s absence would be only temporary."Personally, I can’t imagine him not coming back,” he said Saturday at Kids Day at Kids Day at Kinnick Stadium. “But you never know.”

Wegher rushed for 641 yards and 8 touchdowns last season and was expected to compete for the starting job at running back with sophomore Jewel Hampton.

Wegher’s departure leaves Iowa paper-thin at running back. Hampton has been suspended for the first game of the season because of a public intoxication arrest in June. Highly touted freshman Marcus Coker has broken his collarbone and could be out for the season.

With injuries, suspensions and departures, sophomore Adam Robinson appears to be the current front-runner to pound the rock for the Hawkeyes. In 2009, Robinson led the team in rushing with 834 yards.