Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson has been a treasure trove of quotes since Wake Forest’s 43-15 win over Boston College last week. My favorite joke was that he was “sure that when all of our 35 and 15 year olds graduate next year, we’ll crash back down to earth like everyone says.” It’s just good old-fashioned salt from the coach who helped turn a small private school program from which no one expected much into a team that finished 11-3 last year and is currently tied with USC for 10th in the AP Top 25. .
However, the more important quote from Clawson was when he entered the fray for star quarterback Sam Hartman.
“He’s a really good quarterback,” Clawson said. “He is not getting the recognition he deserves. Last year he was the ACC second team quarterback and the first team guy graduated and was drafted and somehow some people came into this season as the fifth best QB in the ACC. It’s such a disrespect for what he did and what he achieved. There is no other quarterback in the country that I would rather have. His level of play has been so high for so long.
“The great beauty of Sam is that he doesn’t care. He just wants to win. It worries me more than he does. I think he’s one of the elite quarterbacks in the entire country. it’s simple…look at what he’s done in his career and what he’s done this year. He does not care. He just wants to win.”
Clawson is right. Hartman has been one of the best players in the country over the past few years, and he doesn’t get the respect he deserves compared to his peers. But don’t worry, Coach Clawson; while some considered Sam only the fifth best QB in the ACC prior to the start of the season, this week’s QB Power ranked him as the 6th best QB in the country. It may not be enough to get Heisman votes, but in my opinion, being in my QB Power Ranking is a much bigger achievement.
No longer rankedPeople: Quinn Evers, Texas; Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA
Standing next to the coach on the touchline wearing a helmet to let him know they are there: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA; Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina; Quinn Evers, Texas; K.J. Jefferson, Arkansas; Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma