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Rookie camp set to kick off

Posted May 9, 2013

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers' three-day rookie minicamp begins Friday at Bank of America Stadium.

It will be the first opportunity for the team's five 2013 draft picks – defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle Kawann Short, guard Edmund Kugbila, linebacker A.J. Klein and running back Kenjon Barner – to take the practice field as Panthers.

After all the workouts and interviews leading up to draft day, these players can finally return to the field and do what they do best.

"That's the easiest part of everything. All the stress is done, and now I get to do what I've been doing for the past 10 years, since I was little," Klein said. "Football comes naturally. This is a lot easier than being put through the (pre-draft) process."

In addition to the five draft choices, 12 undrafted rookie free agents and dozens of tryout players are set to participate. In total, 59 players will take part in the rookie camp.

"We have some free agents and tryouts that are coming out for the camp and we are excited about that group, because we know we'll pick a few of those guys up and have them be a part of our team as we go forward through the rest of the OTAs and minicamps," head coach Ron Rivera said.

Panthers allowed to participate because they have less than a year of NFL experience include wide receiver Lamont Bryant, cornerback Nick Hixson, tight end Nelson Rosario, wide receiver James Shaw, tight end Brandon Williams and guard Justin Wells.

TRYOUT PLAYERS
Pos Name Ht Wt Age Exp College Hometown
WR Michael Avila 5-8 170 24 1 San Jose State Seaside, Calif.
WR Brenton Bersin 6-3 211 23 1 Wofford Charlotte, N.C.
CB Brandon Bing 5-9 177 23 1 Rutgers Wynote, Pa.
T Joe Bonadies 6-3 280 R Pennsylvania Leonia, N.J.
FB Eric Breitenstein 5-10 230 23 R Wofford Boone, N.C.
TE Logan Brock 6-3 242 24 1 Texas Christian Copperas Cove, Texas
RB Chris Douglas 5-9 213 23 1 Missouri State Suwanee, Ga.
RB Darren Evans 6-0 220 24 1 Virginia Tech Indianapolis, Ind.
C Brian Folkerts 6-4 303 23 R Washburn Florissant, Mo.
K Jordan Gay 6-1 210 25 R Centre College Danville, Ky.
DT Linden Gaydosh 6-3 314 R Calgary Peace River, Alberta
S DeShawn Grayson 5-11 205 23 R Texas-El Paso Moreno Valley, Calif.
LB Max Gruder 6-1 235 24 1 Pittsburgh Charlotte, N.C.
T Jermarcus Hardrick 6-4 319 22 1 Nebraska Batesville, Miss.
WR Joseph Hills 6-4 211 25 1 Tennessee State Palmetto, Fla.
LB Max Holloway 6-1 238 23 1 Boston College Tampa, Fla.
WR Taulib Ikharo 5-10 183 23 1 Louisiana Tech Oakland, Calif.
S Rod Issac 5-11 196 24 2 Middle Tennessee State Miami, Fla.
LB Ben Jacobs 6-4 243 25 2 Fresno State Las Vegas, Nev.
DE Bryan Jean-Pierre 6-3 278 24 1 William & Mary Dunwoody, Ga.
FB Bryson Kelly 6-1 247 23 1 Central Washington Mukilteo, Wash.
P Pete Kontodiakos 6-1 236 22 R Colorado State Clearwater, Fla.
QB Matt McGloin 6-1 207 23 R Penn State Scranton, Pa.
LS Tyler Morgan 6-3 225 22 R Georgia Tech Fayetteville, Ga.
CB Armando Murillo 5-10 192 27 1 Nebraska Tampa, Fla.
LS Korey Neal 6-3 296 22 R Eastern Michigan Washington, D.C.
S Josh Nesbitt 6-1 212 25 1 Georgia Tech Greensboro, Ga.
DE Louis Nzegwu 6-4 255 23 1 Wisconsin Platteville, Wis.
DE Cyril Obiozor 6-4 249 26 3 Texas A&M Pearland, Texas
T Jaron Odom 6-5 329 24 R Louisiana-Lafayette Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
T Jesse Peterson 6-4 306 R Wheaton College Grand Rapids, Mich.
RB Lyndon Rowells 5-9 215 25 1 Humboldt State Largo, Fla.
CB Isaiah Scott 5-8 155 22 R Mount Union Fairfield, Ohio
LB Quan Sturdivant 6-1 239 24 1 North Carolina Oakboro, N.C.
P Ryan Tydlacka 6-1 199 24 1 Kentucky Louisville, Ky.
WR R.J. Webb 6-2 201 25 1 Furman Pickens, S.C.

The camp comes in the midst of Phase Two of offseason workouts, a three-week period that began on April 29 in which coaches can provide individual instruction.

Phase three begins May 20, a four-week period that will culminate with a mandatory veteran minicamp June 11-13. Rookies also are allowed to participate.