As the college football season gears up for kickoff, numerous players from different corners of the country are gearing up to don new jerseys and make a significant impact on their new teams.
Some are looking for more playing time, while others see this as an opportunity to shine in a new environment following recent coaching or personnel changes.
One name that has caught the attention of the college football world is Notre Dame’s new quarterback, Sam Hartman.
After a stellar stint at Wake Forest, where he etched his name in the record books as the program’s all-time passing yards leader and the ACC’s touchdown passes leader, Hartman is now ready to make his mark on a larger stage as he leads the Fighting Irish into the 2023 season.
ESPN analyst Greg McElroy weighed in on Hartman’s potential impact, stating: “Here’s the thing about Sam Hartman, he’s already shattered records in the ACC. The guy’s thrown for 13,000 yards and 110 touchdowns, and if you think about where he’s at, he could enter all-time historical categories both in yards and touchdowns.”
Speaking on SportsCenter, McElroy added: “Notre Dame finally addresses their quarterback situation. It was a bit of an issue last year. It hasn’t been great in recent years since Ian Book’s departure. So, he can fill that void with hopefully an improved supporting cast around him at wide receiver.”
Indeed, the Fighting Irish have been in search of stability at the quarterback position following the departure of Ian Book. Jack Coan, Tyler Buchner, and Drew Pyne have all taken their turns, each with varying degrees of success.
Hartman’s arrival brings a sense of renewed hope to a program aiming to regain its footing and make a lasting impression on the national stage.
With Hartman at the helm, many believe that Notre Dame is well-positioned for another potential run at the College Football Playoff.
His experience, leadership, and remarkable track record make him a central figure in the team’s ambitions for the upcoming season.
Will Hartman lead the Irish to the Playoff?
Do you look at him as a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender?