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Wofford pride motivates Panthers’ Brenton Bersin

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    Jeff Siner -
    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin carries his personal belongings into the team dorm on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers tackle Byron Bell (77) provides protection for quarterback Cam Newton (1) as wide receiver Brenton Bersin (2) rushes during Saturday’s practice at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Just more than three years ago, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin was a Wofford Terrier with the hope of making it to the NFL.

Now he’s an example for other Terriers.

Bersin is following in the footsteps of former Wofford receiver Andy Strickland, who was a senior when Bersin was a freshman and went on to compete in camps for the Falcons and Jaguars.

“I really looked up to him. (Chargers linebacker) Alvin Scioneaux and (Jaguars punter) Kasey Redfern are in training camps this year, so we’ve got three Wofford alums battling to make NFL rosters. It’s good for the program, and it’s also for the young players here at Wofford knowing that if that’s their dream, it’s achievable.”

In an impassioned speech to recruits Saturday afternoon, Wofford coach Mike Ayers gave a similar message to would-be Terriers.

He told the players if they wanted a good education at a small school with a chance at the NFL, Wofford would fit their needs.

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