Greg Dortch’s Wake Forest career proved to be an electrifying and, now, a short one.
Dortch announced Sunday night that he’s leaving the Deacons to enter the NFL Draft. Dortch, a redshirt sophomore receiver, played 20 games for Wake Forest and scored 19 touchdowns.
“I will always remember my time at Wake Forest and will always be grateful for the relationships I have created during my time here,” Dortch’s statement via Twitter said. “… It has always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL and I am ready to take the next step towards that goal. I will be entering my name in the 2019 NFL Draft and I am very excited to get to work and represent Richmond, Virginia, and Wake Forest University in the best way possible.”
Dortch’s time as a Deacon can be best described as electrifying and fleeting, all at once. In 20 career games, the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder had 142 catches for 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns. In two years, those numbers put him tied for ninth in school history for catches and eighth for touchdown catches.
Dortch didn’t play in Saturday’s Birmingham Bowl because of a hand injury.
The signature performance of Dortch’s Wake Forest career goes hand-in-hand with the cruelty that ended his breakout season. Dortch suffered a punctured small intestine while scoring his second touchdown against Louisville in last season’s 41-34 win, scored two more touchdowns, and then later that day was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. He missed the final five games.
Dortch vowed to be back and better than ever after the injury, and he fulfilled that with one of the best seasons in program history. His 89 catches this season ranks second, as do his 1,078 yards, for Wake Forest’s single-season records.
Dortch racked up All-America honors this season from the Football Writers Association of America (first-team punt returner), Sports Illustrated (first-team return specialist), Pro Football Focus (first-team punt returner) and The Associated Press (second-team all-purpose player).