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Strong ACC Quarterback Enters Transfer Portal

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Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman plans to enter the transfer portal, ESPN’s Pete Thamel first reported Tuesday morning.

Hartman was one of the ACC’s top players last season, returning from a medical condition that sidelined him for fall camp and the Demon Deacons’ season opener.

The 6-foot-1 signal caller completed 63% of his passes, throwing for 3,701 yards, 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his redshirt senior season. The NCAA’s COVID-19 eligibility relief gives Hartman one more season of eligibility that he will use at a new school.

Hartman isn’t a high level runner but can use his legs, totaling 129 yards and a touchdown during the 2022 season.

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In his original report, Thamel stated that Notre Dame is the likely landing spot for Hartman but it doesn’t appear to be a done deal.

Florida added Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz in the transfer portal but Mertz average play in Madison could mean Florida is looking for another quarterback. Auburn and first year coach Hugh Freeze are also looking for a quarterback after missing out on Devin Leary.

What about Tennessee? Hartman is a quarterback Tennessee would seemingly have a great deal of interest in. Hartman is as talented as any quarterback that’s entered the portal and boasts a big arm— which is a necessity in the Vols’ offense.

Still, Josh Heupel and the Vols’ staff appear content to not add a quarterback to their roster this season. Tennessee returns quarterback Joe Milton III and Tayven Jackson while adding five-star signal caller Nico Iamaleava.

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