Sam Hartman
Hartman with Wake Forest in 2021
Notre Dame Fighting Irish – No. 10
Personal information
Born: (1999-07-29) July 29, 1999 (age 24)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight212 lb (96 kg)
Career history
CollegeWake Forest (2018–2022)
Notre Dame (2023)
Bowl games
High schoolOceanside Collegiate (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina)
Career highlights and awards

Sam Hartman (born July 29, 1999) is an American football quarterback. He previously played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Wake Forest Demon Deacons. At Wake Forest, he became the all-time leader in touchdown passes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Early life and high school career

Hartman was born on July 29, 1999, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hartman attended Davidson Day School in Davidson, NC before transferring to Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where he was a team captain at quarterback. In his sophomore and junior seasons at Davidson Day, Hartman threw for 6,388 passing yards and 69 touchdowns, being named first-team all-state as a junior and was given the Charlotte Observer player of the week award four times. He also had a game with 563 passing yards, the third-highest in county history.[1]

He transferred to Oceanside for his senior season and led them to a 7–3 record while throwing for 3,093 yards passing and 29 touchdowns, in addition to nine rushing scores. Hartman was rated the No. 12 pro-style passer in the class of 2018 by and was a three-star recruit.[2] He was featured in the documentary series QB1: Beyond the Lights for his final season in high school.[3]

College career

Wake Forest

2018 season

Hartman accepted a scholarship offer from Wake Forest University and won the starting quarterback position in preseason camp.[1] He started the season opener against Tulane and was one of five freshman quarterbacks to start the season in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. He was 31-for-51 passing against Tulane, throwing for 378 yards and leading them to a win in overtime. He was the first freshman to start the season-opener as a quarterback in school history. Through the first three games of the season, Hartman led all freshmen in the country for yards of offense and made two or more touchdown passes in each game.[1] He was named ACC Conference rookie of the week following a win on September 29 versus Rice, in which he tied the school record for consecutive completions with 12.[1] He led them to a 4–4 record before suffering an injury against Syracuse that kept him out for the rest of the season.[1]

2019 season

After extensive competition throughout the spring and fall camp, Hartman was the backup quarterback as a sophomore in 2019 behind Jamie Newman, only appearing in four games, thus preserving a redshirt for the season. He saw his first action of the season against Louisville on October 12, when he took over in the fourth quarter trailing 38–55. Hartman led them to three-straight scoring drives, as they lost 59–62.[1] He was named starter prior to their next game versus Florida State, and led Wake Forest to a 22–20 victory.[1] He next saw playing time late in the year versus Syracuse, playing from the second to fourth quarters. He threw two passes in the season finale, a loss to Michigan State in the 2019 Pinstripe Bowl.[1]

2020 season

He regained a starting position as a redshirt sophomore in 2020, being named team captain and playing in all nine games.[1] Against North Carolina, Hartman compiled 429 passing yards and four touchdown passes in the 53–59 loss. He finished the season ranked 28th nationally with 2,224 passing yards.[1] Due to extensive disruption to college football caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA ruled that the 2020–21 school year would not be counted against the eligibility of any football player.

2021 season

In 2021, Hartman led his team to an 8–0 start, the best in school history as Wake Forest reached the ACC Championship game. Where upon Wake Forest got beat handily by 13th ranked Pitt, 45–21. He earned national honors following a game against Army, in which Hartman compiled a career-best 458 passing yards and five touchdowns.[4] He was named the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week, PFN National Offensive Player of the Week,[5] Maxwell Award Player of the Week, and CFPA national performer of the week.[1] He set several Wake Forest single-season records, including 39 touchdown passes and 4,228 passing yards.

2022 season

Hartman played 12 games in 2022 and threw for 3,701 yards and 38 touchdowns, earning second-team All-ACC honors.[6] He led them to an overall record of 8–5 and to a win in the Gasparilla Bowl, earning MVP honors in the game and being the first person in school history to win two bowl MVP honors.[1][7] He was named the winner of the Brian Piccolo Award for the "most courageous" player in the ACC, as Hartman had suffered from Paget–Schroetter disease and had to undergo surgery early in the season, but only missed one game despite the illness.[8] He was a finalist for the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and a semifinalist for Davey O'Brien Award.[1]

Hartman finished his time at Wake Forest as the record holder for career passing attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns while also having the most touchdown passes (110) and second-most passing yards in conference history (12,967); his total passing yards also ranks top 20 in FBS history.[1] He ranks top three in the ACC for touchdown passes, career completions, passing attempts, and passing yards and also is top-25 all-time in FBS history for touchdown passes and passing yards.[1] Additionally, Hartman holds single-season Wake Forest records for passing touchdowns, yards per game, total yards, total touchdowns, and passing yards, and is the all-time ACC leader with 21 career 300-yard passing games.[1]

Notre Dame

2023 season

On January 5, 2023, Hartman announced his intent to transfer to Notre Dame.[9] On August 26, 2023, Hartman started his first game for Notre Dame playing against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. He completed 19 of 23 pass attempts for 251 yards and four touchdowns, tying a program record for touchdown passes in a player's debut.[10]

College statistics

Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
2018 9 9 4–5 161 291 55.3 1,984 6.8 16 8 125.2 108 275 2.6 2
2019 4 1 1–0 55 97 56.7 830 8.6 4 2 138.1 27 89 3.3 1
2020 9 9 4–5 159 273 58.2 2,224 8.1 13 5 138.7 63 −1 0.0 2
2021 14 14 11–3 299 508 58.9 4,228 8.3 39 14 148.6 117 364 3.1 11
2022 12 12 7–5 270 428 63.1 3,701 8.6 38 12 159.4 102 129 1.3 1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2023 12 12 9–3 191 301 63.5 2,689 8.9 24 8 159.5 45 123 2.7 3
Career 60 57 34–20 1,135 1,898 59.8 15,656 8.3 134 49 147.2 462 979 2.1 20

Professional career

Hartman declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1+18 in
(1.86 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.80 s 1.63 s 2.81 s 4.34 s 7.19 s 28.5 in
(0.72 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Sam Hartman – Football". Wake Forest University Athletics.
  2. ^ "Sam Hartman, Wake Forest, Quarterback".
  3. ^ Poff, Zack (May 21, 2020). "Where are they now? Quarterbacks from 'QB1: Beyond the Lights' on Netflix".
  4. ^ "Hartman Adds to National Honors after Career Performance at Army". October 26, 2021.
  5. ^ "College Football Team of the Week: Sam Hartman destroys an Army". October 24, 2021.
  6. ^ Driskell, Bryan (August 13, 2023). "Sam Hartman Named The No. 2 Newcomer In College Football". Sports Illustrated.
  7. ^ "Hartman leads Wake past Missouri 27–17 in Gasparilla Bowl". Associated Press. December 23, 2022.
  8. ^ Dell, John (November 28, 2022). "Wake Forest's Sam Hartman wins ACC's Brian Piccolo Award". Winston-Salem Journal.
  9. ^ Thamel, Pete (January 5, 2023). "Top QB transfer Hartman heading to Notre Dame". Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  10. ^ Murray, Jack (August 26, 2023). "Sam Hartman's Brilliance Has Fans Talking Heisman Trophy After Notre Dame Routs Navy". Bleacher Report.
  11. ^ "Sam Hartman Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  12. ^ "2024 NFL Draft Scout Sam Hartman College Football Profile". Retrieved March 9, 2024.