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Originally published July 21, 2011 at 05:03p.m., updated July 22, 2011 at 12:00a.m.

KU QB Brock Berglund to appear in court Monday; lawyer releases statement

Quarterback Brock Berglund.

Quarterback Brock Berglund.

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Court officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that Kansas University quarterback Brock Berglund, a freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who has been charged with third-degree assault in his home state, has a court appearance scheduled for Monday in Castle Rock, Colo.

The appearance will be the second in this case for Berglund, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound, dual-threat QB who signed with KU in February and, according to court documents, was arraigned June 24.

Berglund, 18, allegedly was involved in an altercation April 9, in which he was said to have thrown a punch at another 18-year-old male. The Jayhawks held their sixth practice of the spring that same day.

Through a statement from his attorney, released Thursday, Berglund denied the accusations.

“Brock Berglund adamantly denies the allegation that he committed this misdemeanor assault,” read the statement, which was released by attorney Kevin McGreevy, of the law firm Ridley, McGreevy & Winocur P.C. “He will not be making any further statement to the media, but rather will resolve this matter through the court system.”

Requests for a copy of the police report were turned down by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office because the case remains open.

Though the alleged incident occurred in April, Berglund originally left Lawrence in early March because of what KU coach Turner Gill deemed “personal circumstances.”

Multiple sources have confirmed to the Journal-World that Berglund initially left campus because he was homesick.

Players are scheduled to report for preseason camp Aug. 3.

Interactive Timeline

Brock Berglund timeline

Here is a timeline of the events that have unfolded since dual-threat quarterback Brock Berglund, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., first committed to KU.

Talib likely to stay with Tampa

There are indications the NFL lockout might be coming to an end.

When it is, one former Jayhawk whose future was cloudy at best heading into the offseason seems to be in good shape to remain with his team.

Fourth-year pro Aqib Talib, last year’s defensive back of the year according to the NFL Alumni Association, seems poised to rejoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite serious legal trouble in which Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a domestic incident in Texas last March.

Jason La Canfora, an NFL Network Insider, is reporting that sources told him the Bucs had not made a decision about what to do with Talib, had no timetable to decide and expected the former first-round pick (20th overall in 2008) to be with the team when the lockout ends and training camp opens.

When the news of Talib’s run-in with the law originally broke, it was reported that Tampa Bay was planning to release Talib. However, because all official league business has been put on hold since the lockout went into effect more than 100 days ago, Talib has remained on Tampa’s roster and likely will stay there.

Although his future on the field seems stable, Talib, 25, remains in hot water off of it. His trial is scheduled for March, and he’ll face second-degree felony charges, punishable by a prison term of two to 20 years. He currently is out of jail on $25,000 bond and has been seen at several players-only offseason workouts.

Freshman impress

Though most of them have been on campus for a little more than a month, the incoming freshmen already have impressed some of KU’s upperclassmen.

Senior receiver Daymond Patterson, a serious candidate to be named one of KU’s captains this fall, had this to say about the freshmen on his Twitter account earlier this week:

“This freshman class is by far the most talented we had since I been here!!! And by far the hard working freshman class!!! #KUinGoodHands”

The Class of 2011 is one of the largest incoming classes KU has fielded in years. KU signed 27 players back on signing day in February, and it seems as if 25 of those will make it to preseason camp, with only offensive lineman Phil Ford and running back Dreamius Smith heading elsewhere. Both players will spend 2011 at junior colleges after failing to qualify academically.

Highlighting the incoming class are four-star running backs Darrian Miller, of Blue Springs, Mo., and Anthony Pierson, of East St. Louis, Ill. Both should be in the mix for playing time this fall.

Other newcomers who have impressed coaches and teammates this summer include: Olathe defensive backs Adonis Saunders and Victor Simmons; Killeen, Texas, quarterback Michael Cummings; Overland Park offensive lineman Dylan Admire; and Grapevine, Texas, place kicker Alex Mueller.

Kickoff rallies set for next week

KU coach Turner Gill, legendary running back Gale Sayers and new athletic director Sheahon Zenger will be featured guests at a pair of KU football kickoff rallies next week in Wichita and Topeka.

The first will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on July 28 at Larry Buds in Wichita. More information can be found at www.kualumni.org/wichitakansasjayhawks.

Topeka will host its version of the kickoff rally at 5:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Fairlawn Mall. More info about that event can be found at www.topekajayhawkclub.org.

Several other similar events are scheduled for August in both the Kansas City and Lawrence areas.

Comments

gchawk 3 years, 1 month ago

This is such a frustrating situation from what we're able to read into this story. Why is the other person involved in this ordeal able to file a grievance against Brock if, from what I read in another article, all Brock did was to defend his girlfriend? It doesn't sound like Brock initiated this altercation, yet he appears to be the only one in trouble, it just doesn't make sense. Also, what kind of whimpy piece of garbage harasses a guys girlfriend then files a lawsuit against the guy for "throwing a punch"? There's either a little more to this story or Brock is getting setup by some of Colorado's finest, possibly a little vengeance from some spiteful Buffaloes..

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Ashtin Meerpohl 3 years, 1 month ago

"Also, what kind of whimpy piece of garbage harasses a guys girlfriend then files a lawsuit against the guy for "throwing a punch"? "

Probably a Colorado fan who was mad KU stole him from them and still upset about the comeback. lol

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KGphoto 3 years ago

Hmm. Not sure you've got the right county. Other than Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock, it's mostly an expanse of prairie along I-25 between The Denver Tech Center and The Air Force Academy.

You might be right about Highlands Ranch, but that's barely even in the county. And I would bet the only people who know anything about Castle Rock, are the ones who live there. Perhaps I'll find out a little more about it, and drive out on Monday. Should be interesting. (Hey Matt. Do you know the times, or even if it's an open hearing?)

But the only self-entitled cry babies I'm sure of in Colorado, are the general party students at CU. So maybe it was an old friend or teammate that he bailed on. Or maybe even that's why they are fighting.

Matt hook me up on that hearing info. I'll be your Colorado court connection. I got the time.

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basty 3 years, 1 month ago

It's a criminal action, not a civil suit. The kid may have called the cops, but he isn't the one "filing a lawsuit." Also, I'm guessing that whatever reports are available to the prosecutor's office are more accurate than what's been printed in the papers.

Needless to say, I wish Brock would have stayed here for spring ball, then he wouldn't have been 'defending' his girlfriend and picking up an assault charge on 4/9/11.

Oh well. I'd be surprised if he doesn't do diversion. We'll see.

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nuleafjhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

gchawk - you must have literally read my mind - I started to post just what you said about 3 minutes ago and got sidetracked. Really - who the hell cares about a couple of 18 year old kids throwing a couple of punches? I don't condone fighting, but it happens, and thank God they didn't have/use knives or guns or some crazy stuff like that. Unless there's some hidden agenda here, they need to throw this case out and have the two young men ( and maybe parents ) get together, apologize and shake hands. If what we're seeing here is all there is, please don't waste the taxpayers money. Even if it is Colorado taxpayers.

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kureader 3 years, 1 month ago

Don't you just hate this kind of publicity ... geez.

Either the kid was hurt badly from a punch (seems hard to believe), or we have a couple "well-heeled" families who don't know how to resolve misunderstandings. I could be mistaken, but middle-class families don't usually resolve arguments this way.

I'm sure this will be front-and-center on the LJW sports blog for quite some time. For now, I'm certainly in Brock's court. For his sake, I hope this thing blows over soon.

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squawkhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree....save the knives and guns for the BB team.

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newjayhawk 3 years ago

why would you say somehing like that....my goodness!

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 1 month ago

I say Brock skips court and makes Dog the Bounty Hunter find him

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waywardJay 3 years, 1 month ago

Welcome back Real Persy.....'

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johnnyphoton 3 years, 1 month ago

That's good. He'll be able to test his escapability and show us the type of dual threat qb he's advertised to be.

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Jaminrawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, unless Berglund blindsided this guy for no good reason, it's pretty wimpy to press charges for ONE thrown punch. Especially if this guy was harassing his girlfriend.

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Robert Brock 3 years, 1 month ago

A lot of trouble over a swing and a miss.

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vd 3 years, 1 month ago

Keegan was right. We won't see BB play at KU, unless the medical staff has a cure for "homesickness". I don't think there is a cure.

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Steve Corder 3 years, 1 month ago

I'll be glad when we get new photos of Brock in a KU UNIFORM!

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actorman 3 years ago

JHWKDW, meet punctuation. Punctuation, meet JHWKDW. Seriously, what the hell is that gibberish? Are you drunk?

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troutsee 3 years ago

Like I have said before, the body language from this kid says that he is not committed to playing college football anywhere. He needs to get his priorities straight. Yes, he is only an 18 years old kid. So we need to give him a little understanding. Yet, he either wants to play football on the college level, with all the extra energy that that requires, or he doesn't.

The assault charge from a distance seems frivilous. Hopefully it is and hopefully this kid will truly commit his psyche to playing college football at KU. Right now, I don't see the committment.

Many posters dissed Keegan for daring to surmise the same. People read tea leaves differently. A writier sometimes draws conclusions and forms opinions instinctively. In my mind, Keegan may turn out to be right. Hopefully not and hopefully all of this will pass painlessly for everyone and BB will turn into a hell of a college QB. However, before that can happen, an attitude adjustment by BB seems to be necessary.

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Randy Bombardier 3 years ago

When did BB announce for KU? when was the altercation. Bet it was a homie buffalo setup.

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Randy Bombardier 3 years ago

And although this may seem like a minor thing to most of us, having to go in front of a judge with a possibility of having to go to jail is no small thing when you are 18 and this is not the kind of life you lead. It is like major surgery, minor surgery. Minor surgery is what happens to others. Major surgery is when it's YOU. This is a major deal. If he seems distracted don't blame him.

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Jennifer Nikkila Pressgrove 3 years ago

How long has it been known that Dreamius didn't qualify? I feel like I follow KU Sports quite a bit and missed this information. Why aren't we ripping on Phil Ford and Dreamius for not qualifying? Seems like Keegan could just as easily pick on them than Berglund, who at least graduated from high school and got the grades he needed to honor his scholarship offer.

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Jared Grillot 3 years ago

They ran that story several days ago.

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John Randall 3 years ago

So easy to pick on the guys who are academically challenged, in favor of the overprivileged who don't honor commitments like enrollment and team workouts.

There is no good reason to be "ripping" on any the players, unless and until we know they deserve it.

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KGphoto 3 years ago

2 hours til showtime. My money is on the defense. I don't think they would be this bold if they didn't have a case. 5 to 1 Berglund's fancy lawyers get the whole thing dropped. I read it happened at a party. Maybe the witnesses were under the influence and aren't "credible" witnesses. Who knows? But even if it isn't dropped, he won't get more than a wrist-slap and a red-shirt. Comme ci, comme ca... Voila! All-Conference QB in 2012.

Although I'll give persey a smidge of credit, because it does sound like the girlfriend going to Georgia to play soccer has a direct time-line connection here. Like maybe she said, "This guy is a jealous freak! I'm out!".

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