There are a lot of interesting story lines, tidbits, quotes, and stats that get pointed out on the internet through social media every week. Rather than try to cover them all individually, I figured I would group them all together and give a quick rundown for the Wake fans who aren’t online all the time.
Let’s start with last week’s game against Vanderbilt.
Sam Hartman and AT Perry were named ACC Players of the Week at their respective positions.
ACC Players of the Week— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) September 12, 2022
Hartman threw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns in his first game back while AT Perry caught 5 passes for 142 yards and 1 touchdown. Speaking of Hartman, he tied Russell Wilson for 8th most TD passes in ACC history on Saturday.
Through his 4th Pass TD today, Sam Hartman now has 76 career Pass touchdowns, tied with Russell Wilson for 8th most in ACC history. pic.twitter.com/BffPXuqxj9— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 10, 2022
He is still behind:
- Tahj Boyd: 107
- Philip Rivers: 95
- Sam Howell: 92
- Trevor Lawrence: 90
- Deshaun Watson: 90
- Kenny Pickett: 81
- Chris Weinke: 79
Hartman also became the first player in Wake Forest history to account for 10,000 total yards.
September 13, 2022
On top of all of that, he was also Kirk Herbstreit’s top performer from Week 2.
Here are my top performing players from Week 2!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 12, 2022
1. Sam Hartman, @WakeFB ⁰2. Phillip Brooks, @KStateFB
3. Jacoby Windmon, @MSU_Football
4. Khalan Laborn, @HerdFB
5. Chase Roberts, @BYUfootball
6. Caleb Williams, @USC_FB
7. Donovan Smith, @TexasTechFB pic.twitter.com/rLrmydNZWD
Yeah, it was kind of a big week for QB1.
The win over Vanderbilt alongside the losses of some ranked teams—namely Notre Dame, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin—bumped the Deacs up to 19th in the latest AP Top 25.
Week 3 of the #APTop25 poll is here and we got some movement, folks!!! #NCState moves up to No. 16, #WakeForest moves up four spots to No. 19, and #AppState gets 80 votes after taking down now No. 24 #TexasAM @Sports_Night pic.twitter.com/nKmd4RBuRN— Evan Abramson (@Evan_Abramson) September 11, 2022
Now for a few things on this week’s game against Liberty.
The Deacs open as a 15-point favorite over Liberty—Wake is 2-0 against the spread this season, so I’m hoping that Vegas knows what they are talking about.
College Football— Circa Sports (@CircaSports) September 11, 2022
Week 3 Opening Lines
Opening App Limits: $5K Sides, $1K Totals pic.twitter.com/68ECcrYpWI
Liberty DL Dennis Osagiede took it upon himself to give the Deacs some fairly obvious bulletin board material:
Liberty senior DL Dennis Osagiede on facing Sam Hartman: "Every quarterback folds under pressure. They have that RPO thing where they hold it & that's cute & all, but at the end of the day if you put pressure in a guy's face, he's going to make some type of indecisive throw."— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) September 12, 2022
If only someone had told teams last season that all you had to do to stop the “cute” Wake Forest offense—the one that finished 4th in the nation in scoring—was get pressure in the backfield and just stop it, we probably wouldn’t have won 11 games. Hopefully someone has showed this quote to the entire offense. I am now hoping we score 70 points Cobra Kai style—no mercy.
It also seems like Liberty coach Hugh Freeze might be unhappy with the quarterback play after his starter Charlie Brewer went down with an injury.
Head coach Hugh Freeze does not seem very happy with Kaidon Salter. Hinted that if things as far as progressions don't improve a change could be coming.— 90.9FM Sports (@909SportsWQLU) September 12, 2022
In his first start last week against UAB, Salter completed 13 of his 25 passes for 202 yards. Could the Deacs see a quarterback change in a third straight game?
Over to the NFL, a couple of former Deacs really balled out on Sunday.
Greg Dortch was seemingly the best player for the Cardinals in their loss to the Chiefs.
Greg Dortch led Arizona with 9 targets, 7 receptions & 63 receiving yards.— Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) September 12, 2022
I'm telling myself this is good news for Rondale Moore moving forward.
Zach Tom also turned some heads in the Packers loss, getting the second half start after an injury to Jon Runyan.
Run right behind Zach Tom. Prosper.— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) September 11, 2022
Why. Was. He. Not. Starting.
This is looking for work.— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) September 11, 2022
Zach Tom had already taken his man out of the play and then goes back and pushes AJ Dillon into the end zone.pic.twitter.com/RDIyZupJ4y
Lastly, the story that had Wake fans on Twitter up in arms this week, where News and Observer writer Andrew Carter just kind of forgot that Wake Forest existed in an article where he declared App State the best program in North Carolina.
On the Saturday that was: UNC and State have (much) bigger budgets and more highly-regarded recruiting classes, but App State proved again that North Carolina’s best program resides in Boone. https://t.co/RIcrd7haB3— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 12, 2022
The article doesn’t even mention Wake Forest and at one point asks: “Does anyone, anywhere, do more with less?”. Wake fans were happy to hop in the replies and remind everyone that Wake Forest does, in fact, still reside inside the state of North Carolina.