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Travelle Wharton
Travelle Wharton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fountain Inn, S.C.

High School:
Hillcrest

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 315

Position:
OL

Birthdate:
05/19/1981

Experience:
3VL

Major:
Retailing


2003 Team Captain
2003 All-America Candidate
Freshman All-American
Freshman All-SEC

2002 --Solid offensive line performer who started all 11 games he played in at left tackle ... Regarded to be one of the most talented offensive line performers to ever play at USC ... Did not play against Kentucky because of an ankle injury ... Received a winner's certificate because of his outstanding play during the season ... Lost his grandmother in an automobile crash the week of the Mississippi State game, but he did start and played well in that game ... Extremely active in USC's community service program - "Team Gamecocks"... Received the Steve Sisk Award prior to the Spring Game, which is presented by the USC Lettermen's Association and goes to the most outstanding blocker from the previous season.

2001 -- All-SEC candidate at left offensive tackle ... Started the 11 games he played in last fall ... Missed the Arkansas game with an ankle injury ... His performance was a big reason why USC's offense was ranked near the top of the SEC in rushing during the season ... Has all the tools necessary to be a great one in the future ... After missing the Arkansas game with an injury, he came back for the Vanderbilt game and helped lead USC to a single-game total offense mark with 656 yards ... Should be one of the top offensive tackles in the SEC in 2002 ... Winner's certificate recipient.

2000 Emerged as one of the top freshman offensive line talents in the SEC ... Named Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC ... Started 10 of the 12 games at the ever-important left tackle position ... Missed the Florida game due to an ankle injury ... Was limited during the Clemson game as a result of the injury ... Played a key role in USC's improved offensive efficiency this year ... USC's quarterbacks were sacked 21 times on the year, compared to 45 times in 1999 ... Jefferson Pilot Sports TV analyst Dave Rowe says Travelle reminds him of former NFL standout tackle Art Shell ... Played well in USC's victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl ... Received winner's certificate for his outstanding play during the season.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Shrine Bowl participant ... Rated among the top 25 prospects in the state by Super Prep magazine ... Played for Coach Jay Feltz at Hillcrest High ... Chose South Carolina over Georgia, Clemson and Maryland ... Consistently graded out at over 90% ... Excellent pass blocker.