May 19, 2012
Services for Wofford will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 1:00 PM at Evangel Cathedral at 500 Evangel Road in Spartanburg, SC.
CLEMSON, SC – Former Clemson wide receiver Brian Wofford died Friday morning when the motorcycle he was riding was involved in an accident in Moore, SC. Wofford, 34, was struck by an automobile at the intersection of Reidville Road and Plateau Street near Highway 417 at 11:15 AM.
Wofford, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The native of Spartanburg, SC was the leader of the Spartanburg city parks system.
Wofford played for Clemson from 1996-99, three years under Coach Tommy West and one year under Coach Tommy Bowden. He graduated from Clemson in May of 2000.
Wofford had 138 receptions for 1857 yards and 13 touchdowns over his career. He played 47 games over his four years, 30 as a starter. He still ranks 10th in school history in receptions, ninth in reception yards and is tied for eighth in school history in touchdown receptions with former teammates Rod Gardner and Tony Horne.
In 1999, his senior year, Wofford had 60 receptions for 793 yards and three scores. In his final game as a Tiger against Mississippi State in the 1999 Chick-fil-A Bowl he had six receptions for 147 yards. That yardage total is still a Clemson record for a bowl game.
A three-year starter, Wofford had 15 receptions as a freshman in 1996, 28 as a sophomore in 1997, and 35 as a junior in 1998. He was named Academic All-ACC in 1997. He had a career high five touchdown receptions in 1998. He also played in three bowl games for the Tigers.
“When you come to a new program you look to players who will set a standard of excellence and will bind your team together,” said former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, who coached Wofford in his senior year. “Brian was one of those players in my first year.
“He was top notch in every area. He was a terrific student, a hard worker during practice, a leader…he was everything college athletics is all about from a positive standpoint. He represented our football program, our university and his family with great distinction.
“One thing I remember about Brian was how happy he was when he heard what our offense was all about. He knew he would get a lot of opportunities as a receiver in our offense and he made the most of it.”
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