Dortch out for season after emergency surgery

October 30, 2017

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.

Dortch appeared to be injured during Saturday’s 42-32 victory against visiting Louisville on his second touchdown, a 4-yard swing pass in which he dove for the end zone and landed on the pylon. He was down in that corner of the field for a few minutes before gingerly walking off the field with the team’s trainers. He returned and scored two more touchdowns, finishing with 10 catches for 167 yards and became the first player in school history to score four receiving touchdowns in a game.

“Greg showed no symptoms of an injury until about 30 minutes after the game. He had appeared to have the wind knocked out of him,” Wake Forest spokesman Steve Shutt said. “It’s not possible to ascertain when the injury occurred.”

He underwent surgery Saturday night at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. His absence will be substantial for the Deacons, who are one win away from an automatic bowl bid.

Dortch is the Deacons’ leading receiver this year with 53 catches for 722 yards and nine touchdowns in eight games. He had 100-yard receiving games in three of the last four games and leads the nation’s freshmen in receptions, receiving yards and receiving yards per game (90.3). The Richmond, Va., native leads all freshmen in all-purpose yards (1,290), as he gave Wake Forest a valuable asset in the kick and punt return games.