The Wake Forest Demon Deacons lost a key component to their offense this weekend. Greg Dortch, their Redshirt freshman wide receiver will miss the rest of the football season after suffering an abdominal injury during the Deacs’ 42-32 win over Louisville this past Saturday, October 28.
The abdominal injury that was suffered required surgery Saturday night at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, which means it was likely a torn muscle or a sports hernia. Regardless of the specifics of the injury, the surgery will mean that Dortch’s season will be over as the Deac’s only have four games remaining (and possibly a bowl game).
Dortch was busy setting all sorts of records against Louisville on Saturday, before the injury. The Richmond, Virginia native amassed 10 catches for 167 yards and four touchdowns in the game prior to leaving with the injury. He had 216 all-purpose yards in the game to that point.
Dortch was Wake Forest’s leading receiver this year. He had 9 touchdowns and 53 receptions for 722 yards through the first eight games of the season. He will be sorely missed by the Deac’s as they look to replace him with Tabari Hines. Hines is a junior with only 18 receptions and one touchdown in the number two spot for Wake’s receiving corp.
Dortch was on pace to make All Freshmen teams, All ACC Teams, and All American teams, as he is one of only three receivers in the nation to catch four touchdown passes in a game this year and he is the only freshman to do so. He also leads the nation in touchdown receptions by a freshman, receiving yards by a freshman, and receiving yards per game by a freshman. Dortch is the nation’s top-rated freshman in all-purpose yards with 1,290 on the year. The Demon Deacons will continue their quest for a bowl game appearance without their leading receiver.