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Wake Forest Football: Midweek Recap

Stories, stats, and tidbits from the last week

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

He is still behind:

  1. Tahj Boyd: 107
  2. Philip Rivers: 95
  3. Sam Howell: 92
  4. Trevor Lawrence: 90
  5. Deshaun Watson: 90
  6. Kenny Pickett: 81
  7. Chris Weinke: 79

Hartman also became the first player in Wake Forest history to account for 10,000 total yards.

On top of all of that, he was also Kirk Herbstreit’s top performer from Week 2.

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.

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.

Liberty DL Dennis Osagiede took it upon himself to give the Deacs some fairly obvious bulletin board material:

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.

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.

Zach Tom also turned some heads in the Packers loss, getting the second half start after an injury to Jon Runyan.

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.

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.

Go Deacs!