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Originally published: 2013-04-27 22:17:41
Last modified: 2013-04-27 22:17:54

Breitenstein not offered a contract

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Eric Breitenstein's dream of making it on to a roster is still alive. It will just be more difficult to achieve.

Breitenstein was not selected in the NFL Draft nor was he offered a free agent contract. Instead, he was offered a tryout with the Carolina Panthers.

That tryout is May 9.

Breitenstein has some familiarity with the Panthers since the team's training camp facility is at Wofford College, where Breitenstein played his college football. He's disappointed in not being signed on Saturday, but he's also determined to work hard to prepare for his tryout.

"It's been a real long day," Breitenstein said. "At the end of the day, I still have a shot. Now I have to go out and prove it. I thought I had done enough to get an opportunity. In the end, I still have an opportunity. I've just got to go and work harder."

Breitenstein is the two-time Southern Conference Offensive Most Valuable Player. He gained 2,035 yards and scored 19 touchdowns for Wofford in 2012.

He was also an all-state defensive back and all-state running back at Watauga in his junior and senior seasons.

Breitenstein, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 230 pounds, said he watched the final four rounds of the draft Saturday, which began at noon and ended at 7:30 p.m.

"Since 12 (p.m.) today I sat in front of a television watching people be happy," he said. "It's kind of like when I came out of high school. I thought I'd go to a big Division I (program), but it all worked out in the end when I ended up at Wofford. I'm disappointed now, but it's all going to work out the way it's supposed to."