Recent losses to the transfer portal have significantly hurt the quarterback room for Wake Forest football. Former quarterback Mitch Griffis, who started for the majority of the past season, has committed to Marshall as a graduate transfer. Santino Marucci, who retained legendary status after leading Wake Forest to a 21-17 win against Pittsburgh, has additionally entered the transfer portal.
Griffis significantly underperformed, albeit due to high expectations set by the past dynamic duo of QB Sam Hartman and WR A.T. Perry. The two stars set history in Winston-Salem, as Hartman charted over 4,500 yards and 50 TDs and Perry caught for over 2,800 yards and 28 TDs.
With two of the three QBs gone, Coach Clawson is looking for answers to help stimulate his offense.
Clawson told The Wake Report that “if our offense was Sam Hartman who was over here… we couldn’t keep trying to do this with Mitch [Griffis]… we had to have some plays where we handed the ball off,” indicating that there was a large skill-gap between Hartman and Griffis’s offense.
Former QB Hank Bachmeier may be the answer that Winston-Salem has been looking for. Bachmeier is entering his sixth and final year of eligibility after playing for Boise State for 4 years and Louisiana Tech for the 2023 season.
Over the past five years, Bachmeier has thrown over 8,600 yards, 51 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions. However, LA Tech has not been impressive. LA Tech was 3-9 in the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Hoping to ignite their offense, Bachmeier joined the roster in 2023. However, he could not improve their season odds, leading to another 3-9 finish in the 2023 season.
Bachmeier has had a difficult time throughout his college career. Bachmeier’s Boise State had a lackluster offensive-line, which led to Bachmeier taking substantial hits throughout the season. Ultimately, he was sidelined due to injury for a number of games and even benched for a true freshman quarterback.
It is unclear whether Bachmeier or redshirt sophomore Michael Kern will direct Wake Forest’s offense next year. 247sports reported on November 11th that Clawson named Kern as the starter; however, Bachmeier committed to Wake Forest four weeks later.
Bachmeier may be able to provide strong leadership in a young quarterback room with Kern, true freshman Charlie Gilliam, and incoming freshman Tyler Mizzelll.