Kasey Redfern’s college homecoming lasted only a night.
The former Wofford punter hopes to stick with the Panthers a lot longer though.
Redfern was welcomed back to campus Tuesday by Danny Morrison, the Panthers’ president and former Wofford athletics director, and several of his college buddies, including Panthers wide receiver Brenton Bersin.
“It’s awesome. Really thankful,” Redfern said after the final practice of training camp. “Being back here at Wofford, I’ve already got some old teammates over here cheering for me. So that’s nice to hear.”
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The Panthers signed Redfern on Monday and waived punter Swayze Waters, who tweeted he was surprised to be cut so soon. Redfern, Wofford’s punter in 2010-13, was at training camp with San Diego before being waived last week.
He also has spent time with Jacksonville, but has never punted in a regular-season game. He was among several punters who worked out for the Panthers last year.
He’ll compete with Mike Scifres, who spent his first 13 seasons in San Diego.
“I think just take one kick at a time,” Redfern said of his approach. “Just focus on the process, stay in the moment and the rest will take care of itself.”
Redfern is wearing No. 2, which was Bersin’s jersey number at Wofford, the alma mater of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
“It’s good to have him here,” Bersin said of Redfern. “He’s got a boot. And he can kick, too.”