Walk-on wide receiver Kane Whitehurst doesn’t like talking about his cousin, former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Not only are South Carolina and Clemson rivals on the football field, but Charlie helped orchestrate one of the worst beat-downs in the history of the rivalry, leading the Tigers to a 63-17 win over the Gamecocks back in 2003.
Reports out of South Carolina indicate, however, that Kane may soon be making a name for himself on his own.
Kane turned heads during this summer’s conditioning sessions when he recoded the second-fastest 40-yard-dash time on the team, losing only to wide receiver and South Carolina track sprinter Damiere Byrd. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Whitehurst may be small in stature, but that kind of speed can have a huge impact on the football field.
South Carolina wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. talked about the walk-on speedster:
He does a lot of good things. I’m looking forward to getting into scrimmages and letting him go. He’s a smart kid, and he’s fast. He can really, really run. He’s the type of guy you like to have on the field. (GoGamecocks.com)
As for the family connection to one of the school’s biggest rivals, Whitehurst says he doesn’t like to remind people of it:
I haven’t talked to too many people about it. I am sure there are people out there who might have an opinion on that. He was a pretty good player, and I guess he had some pretty good runs here.