Backyard Baller: Wofford’s Brenton Bersin

Brenton Bersin
Who doesn’t love a home grown player with lots of potential? The Carolina Panthers have one this year in Brenton Bersin. Bersin is an unproven wide receiver who has been trying to make the Panthers active roster since 2012, when he was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. The Panthers released Bersin in 2012, but he made a good enough impression to make later the practice squad. This year, however, may just be his breakout year because he has a real shot at making the 53-man roster!

Bersin has shown a lot of potential over the years, but he just didn’t seem t quite ready for the NFL. Now after having a productive preseason, he has an opportunity to make the active roster. He stood out at the Fan Fest with a long touchdown grab, and he had a great camp since. He also had a solid game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an outside shoulder, 16-yard touchdown reception thrown by Derek Anderson.

Who is Brenton Bersin?

Brenton Bersin grew up surrounded by football and the Carolina Panthers. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his father lived in the same cul-de-sac as Jerry Richardson.

Football came easy to Brenton in high school. He played wide receiver for Charlotte Latin and was named to the the All-State and All-Conference team. Latin won two state titles with Bersin’s help! In 2o06, he caught the game winning touchdown against Country Day.  The following season, he registered a total of 264 yards against Charlotte Christian in another state title victory.

After high school, Bersin took his talents to Wofford University. He was chosen to be on the 2011 Preseason All-Southern Conference team and led his team in receiving in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, he tied Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson’s college football record by haulin in nine touchdowns. He finished his college football career with 77 catches for 1,567 yards and was third in school history with 15 touchdown

 Pro Day at Coastal Carolina (03/08/2012 – 03/27/2012):

40 Yard Dash: 4.60
20 Yard Dash: 2.70
10 Yard Dash: 1.60
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 8
Vertical Jump: 35
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.27
3-cone drill: 7.10

In 2012, he joined the Panthers at training camp, but was waived in the preseason. After being waived, Bersin continued to work hard and improve his skills. The following season he went to tryouts and made the Panther’s practice squad. This past offseason he was signed as a free agent, and has shown the Panthers how he can help improve the struggling offense.

What will Brenton Bersin bring to the Carolina Panthers?

Bersin is a player with tremendous heart and works extremely hard, He has great hands, and always seems to be in the right place at the right time! Bersin could help this team move the ball by being the go to player on third down.

What are you doing to support the Charlotte Native? Do you think that he could help improve the Panthers’ offense?

By +Justin Raymond
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