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Former USC DL Wes Horton re-signs with Carolina Panthers

After being waived following a league suspension, former USC defensive lineman Wes Horton has re-signed with the NFC champions.

Former USC Trojan defensive lineman Wes Horton has re-signed with the Carolina Panthers, agreeing to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Horton started two games for the eventual NFC champions and played in eight games. He had seven tackles and his sixth career sack before he was suspended by the NFL for four games after being popped for performance enhancing substances. The Panthers subsequently waived Horton and later signed him to the practice squad.

He has played in 34 career games, making 17 starts, including 15 in 2014 when he was thrust into the lineup when Greg Hardy was put on the exempt list for the entirety of the season. In that season, Horton had 26 tackles, three sacks and eight quarterback pressures. He also started the Panthers’ two postseason games, recording three tackles and forcing a fumble.

Horton tweeted about the agreement on Friday, but it wasn’t made official by the club until this morning:


At USC, Horton had a solid, but unspectacular career. He had 117 career tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. His best production came his redshirt senior year when he had 43 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks. Despite better numbers than his junior year when he was second team All-Pac-12, Horton was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention in his final Trojan campaign.

Wes’ brother, Shane, played linebacker at USC while their father, Myke, had been an offensive lineman for UCLA. Myke later gained much more notoriety as “Gemini” on the original American Gladiators television show. 

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