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Wake Forest receiver, special teams returner Greg Dortch will not play in Birmingham Bowl

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Wake Forest will play their bowl game on Saturday without their best player. Greg Dortch, has officially been ruled out of action for the Demon Deacons in the Birmingham Bowl, according to a report from Conor O’Neill of the Winston-Salem Journal., via Twitter.

“If there was any way he could play tomorrow, he’d be playing,” Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson told reporters, referring to Dortch’s unavailability. “But that’s football.”

Dortch injured his finger in Wake Forest’s regular-season finale blowout against Duke that clinched bowl eligibility for the program. Since the injury, Dortch had been missing from practices with his status appearing to be in limbo as the team was preparing for their bowl matchup with Memphis. This will be the third year Dortch has not been able to play in Wake Forest’s bowl game; he redshirted in 2016 and had a season-ending injury last season.

Dortch is Wake Forest’s leading receiver with 1,078 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Dortch has also returned two punts for touchdowns and has handled kickoff duty as well. Not having Dortch on the field against a talented Memphis team is a serious blow to the entire Wake Forest offense and special teams.

Kyler Murray leads AP All-American team; Tagovailoa named to second team

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Associated Press Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma was named First-Team All-American by the AP on Monday. Murray was one of 10 players from a College Football Playoff team named an All-American player by the AP, including Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, Clemson defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins, and Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love.

Alabama led all teams with six players named to either the first, second or third team All-American rosters by the AP, four of which being named to the first team to also lead all schools. Clemson and Oklahoma each landed four All-Americans and Oklahoma had two players named to an All-American team by the AP.

Below is the full list of first, second and third All-American teams released by the AP for the 2018 season:

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis

Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky

Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State

Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M

Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse

DEFENSE

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois

Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson

Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington

Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame

Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama

Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama

Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M

Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia

Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin

Center — Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama

Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa

Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts

All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest

Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU

DEFENSE

Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida

Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami

Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas

Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington

Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa

Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State

Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State

Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma

Guards — Terrone Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College

Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State

Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa

Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia

All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona

Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech

Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston

Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame

Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan

Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Jonathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State

Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati

After scorching Louisville, Wake Forest loses WR Greg Dortch to season-ending injury

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Wake Forest wide receiver Greg Dortch was unstoppable against Louisville this weekend, but his season has come to an end with a month to play.

According to a released statement from Wake Forest, Dortch suffered an abdominal injury that will require surgery. That procedure will cost him the remainder of the season. Based on the wording in the statement, it would seem any possibility of a return for the bowl season is not expected.

The injury news comes after Dortch set the school record with four touchdown receptions against Louisville. He caught 10 passes for 167 yards in the big win or the Demon Deacons.

With Dortch out of the offense for now, Wake Forest will likely give junior Tabri Hines the extra snaps on the field. The good news is Dortch will return to wake Forest eventually. He is just a freshman, so he has a couple more years with the program to give the offense a star wide receiver to count on.

Wake Forest plays at Notre Dame this weekend. Without Dortch, pulling the upset in South Bend will be trickier than expected.

Lamar Jackson scores 4 TDs but Wake Forest holds off Louisville

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Wake Forest was waiting for this game for a year, and it was worth it for Dave Clawson’s program. Wake Forest (5-3, 2-3 ACC) ambushed Louisville (5-4, 2-4 ACC) in the first half and kept their distance in the second half of a 42-32 victory Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford passed for 461 yards and four touchdowns and added one rushing touchdown to his box score to lead the way in a showdown with the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson.

As hard as he tried, Jackson was unable to carry the Cardinals to a road win. Jackson rushed for 161 yards and passed for 330 yards and a score to lead a rally in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome a rough first half. Wake Forest had two guys ripping up the Louisville defense as well, with Scotty Washington catching six passes for 133 yards and Greg Dortch tormenting the Cardinals for 167 yards and four touchdowns on 10 receptions. On the ground, Wake Forest got 134 yards out of Matt Colburn.

Wake Forest now needs just one more win to become bowl-eligible, although the remaining schedule is not an easy one. Next week, Wake Forest heads to South Bend, Indiana to play Notre Dame. After that is a road trip to Syracuse, followed by home games against NC State and Duke to close out the regular season.

For Louisville, the Cardinals get a week off before their final stretch. Louisville returns to the field on Nov. 11 at home against Virginia.

Louisville playing like they don’t have any insider tips against Wake Forest

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A year removed from a bizarre scandal involving a Wake Forest radio announcer providing inside tips to Louisville coaches, it is perfectly clear Louisville didn’t have any secrets shared with them after one half of play. Of course, that insider information ended up helping out Louisville in the second half a year ago, so we’ll see what develops after halftime with Wake Forest leading the Cardinals 28-10 at the break.

Wake Forest’s offense is well ahead of their total yardage average with 342 offensive yards in the first half, all while holding the football for eight fewer minutes than Louisville. The Demon Deacons are 4-for-6 on third down and 1-for 2 on fourth with 15 first downs. John Walford has passed for 258 yards and three scores, with all three touchdowns coming through Greg Dortch. Scotty Washington has had his hands on five passes for 127 yards too.

But the Wake Forest defense has been locked in. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has picked up 75 rushing yards and a score, but throwing the football has not been effective for the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson has completed 13 of 22 passes for 112 yards with an interception. Wake Forest has brought pressure on him at times as well and is not letting Jackson hurt them.

It is quite the uphill battle for Louisville on the road in the second half. Wake Forest gets the ball to start the second half.