Wake Forest will be without starting quarterback Sam Hartman for “an extended period” due to a non-football issue, the school announced on Wednesday.
After practice on Tuesday, Hartman saw a doctor for a non-football-related condition, according to the school. Details of the condition have been withheld due to confidentiality restrictions. Medical staff performed tests on Hartman and determined that he should be ruled out of competition indefinitely.
“Tuesday was a frustrating day, but I am extremely grateful to our medical staff and Dr. Chris Miles and Niles Fleet for sticking with me through this process,” Hartman said in a statement released by the school. . “I can’t wait to start this rehabilitation process and I’m very grateful for the support I’ve received from my family, my teammates and my coaches.”
Hartman, a three-year-old starter, led Wake to the ACC Atlantic Division title last season and a Gator Bowl victory over Rutgers, throwing for 4,228 yards and accounting for 50 total touchdowns.
Hartman started as a freshman for Wake in 2018 before getting injured late in the season. Jamie Newman then took over the offense and held the position for much of 2019. Hartman returned to the starting job in 2020 and has had 65 touchdowns in 23 games since.
“Sam Hartman is the true embodiment of a leader and is one of the finest young men I have had the pleasure of coaching,” said head coach Dave Clawson. “Sam was intensely focused on improving his teammates throughout the offseason and helping our program continue to achieve great things on the field. Plus, he’s an amazing person in the community and in the classroom. We look forward to having Sam back on the pitch as soon as he can, and in the meantime, Sam and his family have the full support of our coaching staff and our program in his recovery.”
With Hartman sidelined, fourth-year sophomore Michael Kern is expected to take over at quarterback. Kern appeared in just three games last season, completing 2 of 5 passes for 67 yards.
Hartman still has a year of eligibility left, and although he has repeatedly said he is unlikely to return for 2023, he has left the door open should unforeseen circumstances arise.
“My goals are set,” Hartman said in July. “Being worried about it now, what’s the point? It might be the best option…but I’m glad it’s this and ready for the next chapter and really locked into this year.”