Similar to Minnesota, Wake Forest is going very young at the quarterback position.
An early enrollee, Sam Hartman began spring practice as Wake Forest’s No. 5 quarterback. Thursday, the football confirmed with the release of its depth chart that the true freshman will be under center when Wake opens the 2018 college football season next week against Tulane.
Hartman had been engaged in a competition with redshirt sophomore Jamie Newman for the starting job throughout the summer.
The door was open for both Hartman and Newman to claim the job after Kendall Hinton was suspended for the first three games of the season this past June. Hinton had been the primary backup to John Wolford for the past three seasons and was the presumptive front-runner for the job prior to the unspecified off-field issue that led to his suspension.
Hinton will be eligible to return for the Sept. 22 home game against Notre Dame.
Hartman was a three-star member of the Demon Deacons’ 2018 recruiting class, rated as the No. 32 pro-style quarterback in the country. Only two players in Wake’s class this year were rated higher than the South Carolina product.