Brenton Bersin (born May 9, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at Wofford.

 

 

College career

Bersin played college football at Wofford College from 2008 to 2011. He started 33 of 46 games in his career, recording 77 receptions for 1,567 yards and 15 touchdowns. His junior year was his most successful year at Wofford, catching a team high 32 passes for 705 yards, with the yardage mark good enough for third in school history. He also hauled in 9 touchdown catches, which tied current owner of the Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson.[2] His senior year, however, marked his only individual award collected at Wofford, winning Week 6 Special Teams Player of the Week for the Southern Conference, after returning a punt 76 yards for a touchdown against The Citadel Bulldogs. [3]

Professional career

Carolina Panthers

Bersin was signed by the Carolina Panthers after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.[4][5] Bersin was released by the Panthers during the first round of cuts in 2012. In 2013, Bersin signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the AFL, playing in three games before resigning with the Panthers in the spring. Once again, Bersin was released during training camp, this time during the final round of cuts. He spent all of the 2013 season on the Panthers practice squad before finally making the 53 man roster in 2014 after the team had lost all active receivers from the previous year. His first NFL catch came against the Lions on September 14, 2014 when he caught a third down pass from Cam Newton for 8 yards and a first down. His first touchdown came on October 20, 2014 against the Green Bay Packers on a one yard pass from Derek Anderson.

Despite his relationship with Panthers' owner Jerry Richardson, Bersin was released by the Panthers during final roster cuts on September 5, 2015, and was then signed to the teams' practice squad.[6] He was once again signed to the active roster as a free agent from the practice squad on September 25, 2015. Bersin had a career high 54 yards receiving in a week four matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as a career long 30 yard reception.