Former Wake Forest standout Greg Dortch has been signed by the Carolina Panthers as a return specialist.
#Panthers sign returner Greg Dortch off Jets' practice squadhttps://t.co/eeezY3eEwi— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 16, 2019
In his 2 seasons at Wake Forest, Dortch had 438 yards and 2 TDs returning punts and was 11th in the nation in yards per return his sophomore season. The move comes after the Panthers waived former Clemson receiver and return man Ray-Ray McCloud due to his 3rd fumble in 6 games. Dortch was the starting punt returner for the Jets in the preseason and spent time on their practice squad before being signed by the Panthers.
Back in the Carolinas Baby .. #KeepPounding https://t.co/TcseXJVHKc— GREG DORTCH (@_GDortch) October 16, 2019
The Deacs also had 4 former players taken in the XFL draft. I’ll do my best to figure out this weird 5 phase draft structure, but I can’t promise I won’t make a mistake.
Center Ryan Anderson was taken in the 8th round by the Houston Roughnecks. He was the 58th pick of the 2nd phase of the XFL draft, which featured solely offensive linemen.
Former Wake Forest offensive lineman (and original #BeefBoys member) Ryan Anderson has been picked by the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL.— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillWSJ) October 15, 2019
Josh Banks, who played defensive lineman from 2013-2016 for the Deacs, was taken by the Tampa Bay Vipers in the 25th round of the draft. He was the 33rd pick in the 3rd phase of the draft, which featured defensive linemen and linebackers.
Former Wake Forest defensive lineman Josh Banks has been drafted by the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL draft.— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillWSJ) October 15, 2019
The Vipers also took former Wake Forest D-Lineman Nikita Whitlock, who played for the Deacs from 2010-2013 and finished his collegiate career with 18.5 sacks.
The Vipers add possibly the strongest player in the draft. Nikita Whitlock DT out of Wake Forest. #XFLDraft #XFLChalkTalk #Deacs pic.twitter.com/R1t4WgksIJ— XFL Chalk Talk (@XFLChalkTalk) October 16, 2019
The New York Guardians selected Matt Colburn II in the final phase of the draft, which was just an open draft. Colburn was the 66th pick of the 5th phase.
The Guardians select @jayburn_ii in the open draft. A dual threat on and off the field. He is a recording artist and a now a professional RB. #XFLDraft #XFLChalkTalk #Deacs pic.twitter.com/JNhWRt9tj1— XFL Chalk Talk (@XFLChalkTalk) October 16, 2019
Congratulations and Go Deacs!