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Wilburn, a native of Portsmouth, Virginia is a great all around athlete and was one of the favorite targets of quarterback Dan Reeves at USC.  He played for the Gamecocks from 1963-65.  The 6-2, 190-pounder made All-ACC in 1965 and played in the Blue-Gray game that season.  He played wide receiver and tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers for five years (1966-70).  For his pro career, he caught 123 passes for 1,834 yards (14.9 average) and eight touchdowns.   He also rushed seven times for 54 yards for a 7.7 average.  In 1967, Wilburn caught 51 passes for 767 yards (15.0 average) and five touchdowns.  He also starred in track and led the USC track team in participating in javelin, broad jump, triple jump and high jump.  In football as a senior, he led the Gamecocks with 21 catches for 236 yards.

 

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