Wake Forest junior quarterback Sam Hartman is out indefinitely due to treatment for a non-football related issue, the program announced on Wednesday.
Breaking from Wake Forest Fall Camp: quarterback Sam Hartman is out indefinitely. Statement below. pic.twitter.com/1uAi78Ny15
— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) August 10, 2022
A statement from the program says that after a workout on Tuesday, Hartman sought medical attention. The results of tests and further medical treatment will keep Hartman from practicing with the team indefinitely, as there is not a timeline for how long it will take. The statement did not say a diagnosis for Hartman’s medical issues, out of respect for him and his family and in compliance with HIPAA.
Hartman is a three-year starter and in 2021, he broke out as one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC and the country. He threw for 4,228 yards, the sixth most in ACC history and the most for a Demon Deacon. He also ran for 11 touchdowns, second most for a Demon Deacon quarterback, leading his team to an ACC Atlantic Division title, the first since 2006.
He faced off against Pitt in the ACC Championship game, where he threw two touchdowns and ran for another to give Wake Forest a 21-14 lead after the first quarter. Hartman could not keep up his great performance, as he threw four interceptions, three in the second half, that lead Pitt to score 31 unanswered points and win the ACC title.
Despite the loss in the ACC Championship game, Hartman led the Demon Deacons to a 38-10 win over Rutgers in the Gator Bowl, to finish with an 11-3 record.
Hartman currently ranks first in program history with 72 touchdown passes and second with 9,266 passing yards.
In place of Hartman, fourth-year sophomore Michael Kern is now the likely starter. His career stats to this point are only eight completions on 13 pass attempts for 303 yards and a touchdown.
Hartman does have one more year of eligibility left if he chooses to use it. If he does not return this season due to medical treatment, it is likely that he would return in 2023 for the Demon Deacons.
The program posted on Twitter, showing support for Hartman as he undergoes medical treatment.
Behind you, 🔟 pic.twitter.com/DhCi1dVer1
— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) August 10, 2022