Wake Forest WR Greg Dortch leaving early for NFL draft
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest receiver Greg Dortch says he is skipping his final two college seasons and entering the NFL draft.
Dortch announced his decision Sunday night, a day after the Demon Deacons beat Memphis 37-34 in the Birmingham Bowl.
Coach Dave Clawson said in a statement issued by the school that he supports the move and called Dortch "an exceptional player."
Memphis, Wake Forest meet in Birmingham Bowl minus stars
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Memphis Tigers' formidable ground game took a big hit when All-America running back Darrell Henderson opted to skip the bowl game. Their offensive coordinator has already left for another job, and the defensive boss isn't far behind.
Memphis, Wake Forest to meet in Birmingham Bowl matchup
Memphis (8-5, AAC) vs Wake Forest (6-6, ACC), Dec. 22, 12 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Birmingham, Alabama
Memphis: RB Darrell Henderson, 1,909 rushing yards, 22 touchdowns; 210 yards, 3 TDs in AAC title game.
Wake Forest: WR Greg Dortch, All-ACC as all-purpose back/return specialist; 89 catches, 1,078 yards, eight touchdowns.
Memphis: Coming off 56-41 loss to No. 7 UCF in AAC title game. Had led 38-21 at halftime.
Dungey, No. 22 Syracuse beat Wake Forest 41-24
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Eric Dungey rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown, Jarveon Howard ran for two scores and No. 22 Syracuse beat Wake Forest 41-24 on Saturday.
Dungey — whose average of 294.1 total yards per game ranks second in the ACC — was 23 of 35 for 157 yards and also ran for a 26-yard score to help the Orange (7-2, 4-2, No. 19 CFP) win their first game as a Top 25 team since the Dwight Freeney days in 2001.
All-purpose yards keep piling up for Wake Forest’s Dortch
Wake Forest's Greg Dortch sure can fill up a stat sheet.
Dortch ranks first in the nation in all-purpose yards after one of the great individual performances in Atlantic Coast Conference history. The sophomore became the first Wake Forest player since 1927 to return two punts for touchdowns, and he finished with 310 all-purpose yards and three TDs on just 13 touches in the Demon Deacons' 51-20 win over Towson on Saturday.
Dortch scores 3 TDs in Wake Forest’s 51-20 victory
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — After missing the final five games last year, Greg Dortch is picking up right where he left off.
Dortch returned two punts for touchdowns and caught a scoring pass, and Wake Forest beat FCS Towson 51-20 in its home opener on Saturday.
The rise of Dortch: Deacons’ playmaker returns with clean bill of health, enhanced appreciation
Greg Dortch always told his young son — now a redshirt freshman receiver at Wake Forest — that if he got the wind was knocked out of him, he needed to get up right away or stop playing football. Nothing’s broken, nothing’s bleeding, so get on your feet and get back in the game.
Meet the replacements: Deacons line up with depth in light of injuries
Tabari Hines doesn’t even blink when it’s mentioned that he dropped a touchdown pass from John Wolford a few weeks ago at Georgia Tech. On third down, Wolford went right back to Hines, who hauled it in for his only touchdown of the season.
Wolford said that was where the play call dictated the ball be thrown, so that’s where he threw it — no deeper meaning to it. But for Hines, it meant more.
ACC features array of versatile backs that add big punch
When Boston College's special teams coach was looking for volunteers to return kickoffs a couple of years ago, freshman wide receiver Michael Walker shyly raised a hand and quickly found a niche.
"I kind of just took on the role and it's been working out," Walker said.
The injury luck ran out for Wake Forest on Saturday in more than just losing leading receiver Greg Dortch for the rest of the season.
Leading tackler Jessie Bates III and starting running back Cade Carney will both miss this weekend’s game at Notre Dame with injuries that coach Dave Clawson said will be evaluated “week-by-week.”
“We’ve been pretty lucky this year in terms of injuries and we took a couple of injuries on Saturday that, it’s part of football. Guys have to step up,” Clawson said.
After his record-breaking four-touchdown performance against Louisville on Saturday, Wake Forest redshirt freshman receiver Greg Dortch required surgery for an abdominal injury. He’ll miss the rest of the season.
Wake WR Greg Dortch out for season with abdominal injury
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest receiver Greg Dortch will miss the rest of the season with an abdominal injury.
The school announced Dortch's injury Sunday, saying he underwent surgery the night before.
Dortch catches 4 TDs, Wake Forest beats Louisville 42-32
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest's Greg Dortch kept zipping around, finding inventive ways to reach the end zone. For a change, the most explosive player in a Louisville game was someone other than Heisman Trophy-winner Lamar Jackson.
Dortch caught a school-record four of John Wolford's five touchdown passes in Wake Forest's 42-32 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.
"The impact he's had is, we have a big-play threat," coach Dave Clawson said of Dortch, "and that opens up everything."
No. 2 Clemson seeking 3rd straight 6-0 start against Wake
Wake Forest (4-1, 1-1 ACC) at No. 2 Clemson (5-0, 3-0), Saturday, Noon ET (ESPN2)
Line: Clemson by 21 ½.
Series record: Clemson leads 64-17-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Clemson is in the midst of another run at a national championship and needs to avoid slipups at home. Wake Forest is looking for its best start since its last ACC championship in 2006.
Wake Forest redshirt freshman receiver Greg Dortch was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Rookie of the Week on Monday for his performance against Florida State.
Dortch recorded season-high totals of 10 catches, 110 yards and 196 all-purpose yards against the Seminoles. His all-purpose yards total was the most for a Wake Forest player since Michael Campanaro had 196 against Army in 2012.
After the second game of the season, in which Greg Dortch made a highlight-reel touchdown catch in the back of the end zone, quarterback John Wolford was asked what the redshirt freshman receiver would have to do to continue his development.
First impression: Receiver Dortch shines bright in debut for Wake Forest
After redshirting for the 2016 season, Greg Dortch made a heck of a first impression for Wake Forest.
The redshirt freshman from Richmond, Va., made two touchdown catches and had a head-turning punt return Thursday as the Deacons raced out to a 37-0 halftime lead in their 51-7 victory against Presbyterian.
“The whole day today I was telling myself I haven't played in almost two years and just let it come to me and don’t force anything,” Dortch said.
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