Wharton began his NFL coaching career in 2018 when he was hired as the Panthers offensive line assistant coach.
Travelle Wharton enters his second season as assistant offensive line coach in 2019. In his role, Wharton assists running game coordinator John Matsko, his position coach in 2011 and 2013.
In Wharton’s first season coaching in 2018, he assisted with an offensive line that helped Carolina top the NFL in rushing yards per attempt with a 5.1-yard average, while finishing fourth in total rushing yards (2,136). The Panthers rushing attack recorded 69 rushes that went for 10+ yards, the second most among all teams in 2018 and second most in a single season in team history. Left guard Trai Turner earned Pro Bowl honors for the fourth consecutive season.
Wharton worked with the Panthers prior to the 2017 season in offseason workouts and training camp as part of the NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
Wharton made his coaching debut with his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, with one season of coaching in 2015. He was initially named offensive quality control coach, but then was promoted to offensive line coach midway through the 2015 season.
PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Wharton is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons, nine (2004-11, 2013) with the Panthers and one with the Cincinnati Bengals (2012). With the Panthers, Wharton started 111 of 115 regular season games played, the third-highest totals by an offensive lineman in team history.
Wharton anchored the offensive line on Carolina’s top three seasons of rushing in franchise history in 2009 (2,498), 2008 (2,437) and 2011 (2,408). Carolina ranked third in the NFL in rushing in all three of those seasons. The Panthers averaged 5.41 yards per carry in 2011, a mark that led the NFL and set a franchise record.
In 2008, Wharton helped protect Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme as Carolina allowed just 20 sacks, a mark that ranked sixth in the NFL and still stands as the franchise record.
Wharton played in five postseason games, helping the Panthers advance to the playoffs in 2005, 2008 and 2013.
A native of Fountain Inn, S.C., Wharton played collegiately at South Carolina where he was a four-year letterwinner (2000-03) and earned All-SEC recognition in his junior and senior seasons. He also earned Freshman All-America honors and a spot on the All-SEC Freshman team. He was selected in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Panthers.
2000-03 | University of South Carolina | Offensive Lineman
2004-11 | Carolina Panthers | Offensive Lineman
2012 | Cincinnati Bengals | Offensive Lineman
2013 | Carolina Panthers | Offensive Lineman
2015 | South Carolina | Offensive Line
2018-present | Carolina Panthers | Assistant Offensive Line