Travelle Wharton

Travelle Wharton

Glenn Travelle Wharton (born May 19, 1981 in Greenville, South Carolina) is an American football player who currently plays offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. He played college football at the University of South Carolina.

High school career

Wharton was a Shrine Bowl participant following his senior year at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina He earned all-area and all-state recognition as a senior. Travelle is the son of Lois Logan Wharton and the Late Glenn A. Wharton.

College career

Travelle Wharton started 45 of the 47 games he played at left tackle for the University of South Carolina. He did not allow a sack after the second game of his freshman season in 2000, a span of 45 contests. In 2003, as a senior, he started all 12 games at left tackle. Wharton earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition and was chosen to play in the Senior Bowl. He was a team captain and was the lone returning starter on the offensive line that allowed only 10 sacks the entire season.

NFL career

He started the final 11 games at left guard as a rookie in 2004 after being inactive for the first five contests. He was the lone rookie starter on the offensive line in 2004 that yielded only 33 sacks, the third-lowest total in Carolina history.In the 20-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons he suffered a torn ACL and MCL and was placed on injured reserve.

He is one of many tackles who give up some size to add speed, being more use full in protecting the Quarterback, but weaker in the running game. Other success full tackles who fit in this category include Joe Thomas, D'brickashaw Ferguson, Levi Jones, Jammal Brown, and Matt Light.

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