Wake Forest Demon Deacons QB Sam Hartman indefinitely out with non-football related medical condition

Wake Forest will be without starting quarterback Sam Hartman for “an extended period” due to a non-football-related issue, the school announced Wednesday.

After practices on Tuesday, Hartman sought medical attention for a condition unrelated to football, the school said. Details about the condition were withheld due to privacy restrictions. Medical personnel conducted tests on Hartman and decided that he should be banned from the competition indefinitely.

“Tuesday was a frustrating day, but I am extremely grateful to our medical staff and Dr. Chris Miles and Niles Fleet for helping me through this process,” Hartman said in a statement from the school. “I am looking forward to attacking this rehab process and I am so grateful for the support I have received from my family, teammates and coaches.”

Hartman, a three-year starter, led Wake to the ACC Atlantic Division title and a Gator Bowl win over Rutgers last season, throwing 4,228 yards and totaling 50 touchdowns.

Hartman started as a freshman for Wake in 2018 before falling late in the season with an injury. Jamie Newman then took over and held the runway for much of 2019. Hartman regained the runway in 2020 and has since racked up 65 touchdowns in 23 games.

“Sam Hartman is the true embodiment of a leader and is one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure of coaching,” said coach Dave Clawson. “Sam has been intensely focused on improving his teammates throughout the off-season and helping our program continue to achieve great things on the pitch. In addition, he is an incredible person in the community and in the classroom. We look forward to seeing Sam like this.” back on the field as soon as possible, and in the meantime Sam and his family have the full support of our coaching staff and program in his recovery.”

With Hartman sidelined, fourth-year sophomore Michael Kern is expected to take over as the quarterback. Kern played in just three games last season, completing 2 of 5 passes for 67 yards.

Hartman has one year left to qualify, and while he’d repeatedly said he probably wouldn’t return in 2023, he left the door open in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

“My sights are set,” Hartman said in July. “To worry about that now, what’s the point? It could be the best option… but I’m excited that it is and ready for the next chapter and really locked into this year.”

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