The extended Clemson football family has suffered a loss as a former standout wide receiver was killed this past week.
First reported by multiple media outlets, the university confirmed via a press release that Brian Wofford died Friday morning after the motorcycle that he was driving was hit by an automobile at an intersection in the city of Moore, SC. The accident occurred at approximately 11:15 local time and Wofford, who was wearing a helmet the release stated, died at the scene.
According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Wofford was riding his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle west on Reidville Road when a 2003 Saturn driven by 20-year-old Jewell Cote of Pacolet attempted to turn right onto Reidville Road from Plateau Street, entering the road in the motorcycle’s path.
Cote was not injured in the wreck. The accident remains under investigation.
Wofford played for the Tigers from 1996-99 and had 138 receptions for 1,857 yards and 13 touchdowns over his career. He still ranks 10th in school history in receptions, ninth in reception yards and is tied for eighth in school history in touchdown receptions.
His 147 yards receiving in the 1999 Chick-fil-A Bowl remains a postseason record for the school.
His coach his senior year was Tommy Bowden, who released a statement through the school on his former player’s death.
“When you come to a new program you look to players who will set a standard of excellence and will bind your team together. 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.”
At the time of his death, the 34-year-old Wofford was the head of the Spartanburg city parks system.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Wofford’s family and friends during this heartbreaking time.
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