Wake Forest Suffer Big Blow With Hartman News
It was a rough Wednesday morning for Wake Forest fans to wake up regarding the news about their starting quarterback, Redshirt Junior Sam Hartman.
The school announced that Hartman will be out indefinitely this season due to a “non-football-related medical condition,” which means he will not be starting in week 1 of the 2022 college football season. Redshirt freshman Mitch Griffis is the starting quarterback for Wake Forest in week one against VMI at Truist Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Last season, Wake Forest finished with an 11-3 record, including a 38-10 Gator Bowl win over 5-8 Rutgers. Wake Forest also finished at the top of the Atlantic division in the ACC with a 7-1 conference record, qualifying them for the ACC championship game, where they lost to number 13 ranked Pittsburgh 45-21.
A big part of their 11-win season was their dominant air raid offense, finishing 11th on the year in total offense with 469.1 yards per game, including 307.6 yards through the air while scoring an average of 41.2 points per game.
Wake Forest had excellent quarterback play from Hartman, which played a big part in their successful 2021 campaign. Hartman finished seventh in passing yards last season with 4228 to go along with 39 passing touchdowns in 14 games while completing nearly 59 percent of his passes, posting a career-high 148.6 overall rating.
With Wake Forest being the runners-up in the ACC last season and a top 15 finish on the as they would end up being ranked 15th in the final AP poll, the program and their fans had high expectations heading into this upcoming season.
However, those expectations have taken a massive hit as Hartman’s chances of playing in a Wake Forest uniform this year are very slim. With a program like Wake Forest, which was eager to make another run at an ACC championship this year, it becomes a bigger question to see if it will happen again while Hartman is still on the team.
There is a good chance that Wake Forest will have a successful season and makes a bowl appearance. Still, with Hartman out indefinitely, it will be hard to repeat what they did last season as the path only gets more complicated from here for Wake Forest, especially within the ACC.