Wake Forest star QB Hartman out “for an extended period of time”

Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman is expected to return at some point this season, but he's out indefinitely after undergoing a medical procedure last night.

Twenty-two days before Wake Forest’s Sept. 1 season opener vs VMI, the school announced that star quarterback Sam Hartman will be out “for an extended period of time” due to a non-football-related medical condition.

After Tuesday’s practice in Winston-Salem, Hartman sought medical assistance. After running tests, it was determined that the veteran signal caller would be sidelined indefinitely.

“Tuesday was a frustrating day, but I am extremely grateful for our medical staff and for Dr. Chris Miles and Niles Fleet for staying with me throughout this process,” Hartman said in a statement released by the school. “I look forward to attacking this rehabilitation process and I am so appreciative of the support I have received from my family, teammates and coaches.”

Hartman led the Demon Deacons to the ACC Championship Game and an 11-3 record last season. He completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 4,228 yards with a 39/14 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Hartman also had 363 rushing yards (559 before subtracting sack yardage) and 11 TDs.

In the last hour, Wake Forest ninth-year head coach Dave Clawson met with the media again and provided some good news. Hartman had a medical procedure last night, and it’s been determined that he will return at some point later in the season.

Hartman is No. 8 in my Preseason QB Ratings. He has started 33 of 36 career games for the Deacs. Hartman is second in school history with 9,266 career passing yards. He was most likely poised to break Riley Skinner’s program record at some point in the second half of a Week 2 game at Vanderbilt.

Hartman has a 72/29 career TD-INT ratio. He also has 727 career rushing yards and 16 TDs.

Clawson told the media that redshirt freshman Mitch Griffis is now QB No. 1. This is actually Griffis’s third year in the program. He has appeared in four games, connecting on just 4-of-15 throws (26.7%) for 56 yards and one TD without an interception.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Griffis was a three-star recruit in the 2020 class. He was ranked as the nation’s No. 605 prospect, the No. 22 dual-threat QB and the state of Virginia’s No. 17 player.

Within the last week, DraftKings had Wake Forest’s season win total at 8.5 shaded to the ‘under’ at a -130 price. Most books have taken the Deacs’ season win total off the board. Furthermore, most spots have removed wagers to win the ACC and the ACC’s Atlantic Division.

Even without Hartman, Wake Forest will likely be favored in its first three games, including a Sept. 17 home game vs. Liberty. Even if Hartman was healthy, the Deacs would be home underdogs vs. Clemson on Sept. 24. Whether he’ll be ready for an Oct. 1 road game at FSU and/or an Oct. 8 home game vs. Army remains to be seen.

Wake has an open date on Oct. 15 before hosting Boston College on Oct. 22.

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