Former Gamecock lands new NFL coaching gig

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Former South Carolina offensive lineman Travelle Wharton has a new home in the NFL.

After spending this past season as an offensive line coach with the Washington Commanders, Wharton has accepted a role as an assistant offensive line coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

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A third round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2004, Wharton played ten years in the NFL before beginning his coaching career as a offensive quality control coach in 2015 at South Carolina. From there, he landed his first NFL coaching job in 2018 with the Carolina Panthers as an assistant offensive line coach. After two years coaching with the Panthers, he joined the then Washington Football Team in 2020 and stayed in D.C. through this past season.

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During his playing days with the Gamecocks, Wharton was as reliable as they come. Starting in 45 games during his career, he started 12 games at left tackle his senior year. Not allowing a single sack, his play earned him second-team All-SEC by the coaches before being voted a captain by his teammates. He’d go on to be invited to play in the Senior Bowl before being selected with the 94th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. A team he’d play for eight seasons with before playing a season with the Cincinnati Bengals for a season in 2012. He’d return to the Carolinas in 2013 to play one more seasons with the Panthers before retiring the following season.

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