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Spartanburg High football players practice briefly with NFL’s Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, right, shakes hands with members of the Spartanburg High football team on Thursday.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, right, shakes hands with members of the Spartanburg High football team on Thursday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Spartanburg High School football team joined the Panthers in practice Thursday.

Luckily for the high school players, there were no one-on-one drills with NFL players.

Spartanburg’s players stretched and warmed up with the Panthers around 9 a.m., and then broke the team huddle. The Panthers took two of the practice fields and Spartanburg went to the adjacent third field to practice.

“Being in Shellman, Georgia, and only having the Atlanta Falcons as the home team and being three hours away, we never had an opportunity like that,” Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said.

“I know what it means for these kids, because I know how excited I would have been if I had the opportunity growing up.”

Several Panthers players posed for pictures with the high school players, ran routes and handed the ball off.

On Thursday, Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was asked if rookie Vernon Butler was providing an adequate supply of snacks to the veterans. He then referenced his and Kawann Short's rookie season. Lotulelei also spoke about the impact of t

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