According to a KCTV5 report Wednesday night, Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was away from the football team this spring and summer because he was facing assault charges back home.
The report said Berglund, a three-star QB from Valor Christian High who was ranked as the 13th best dual-threat quarterback in the country, has been charged with third-degree assault in Douglas County, Colo., and is scheduled to attend a pre-trial conference.
According to the report, Berglund allegedly threw a punch while defending his girlfriend, who was being harassed. The police report said alcohol was not believed to be a factor.
KU football coach Turner Gill, who returned from a trip overseas Wednesday afternoon, released the following statement regarding the incident: “We are aware of the situation involving Brock Berglund. We are going to let the legal process run its course. We will also handle it appropriately internally here at KU.”
Berglund originally committed to Colorado during his senior season at Valor Christian but later changed his mind and joined the Jayhawks after CU fired coach Dan Hawkins and replaced him with Jon Embree.
Berglund graduated high school early and enrolled at KU last December. He arrived on campus in January and began taking classes but quickly returned to Colorado because of what the university called “personal circumstances.”
At the time, Berglund said: “I am committed to being a part of the Kansas football program and am excited to join my teammates this summer.”
He reaffirmed his commitment a little more than a week ago when he sent a text message to the Journal-World that proclaimed, “100% a Jayhawk.”
Since that time, however, sources have said that Berglund has not been present at voluntary summer workouts and has continued to deal with legal issues back in Colorado.
Players are scheduled to report for preseason camp Aug. 3.