John Wolford

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John Wolford
No. 9 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1995-10-16) October 16, 1995 (age 23)
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Bishop Kenny
(Jacksonville, Florida)
College:Wake Forest
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

John Wolford (born October 16, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wake Forest.

Early years[edit]

Wolford grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where he attended Bishop Kenny High School.[1] As a pro-style quarterback, he was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com[2] and ESPN[3] and committed to play college football at Wake Forest. He was briefly the all-time leader in all major statistical passing categories for high school football in the state of Florida.

College career[edit]

Wolford started his college career as the first Wake Forest player to start all 12 games as a true freshman, setting school records in attempts, passing yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage by a true freshman. He struggled at times, throwing 13 interceptions in his first eight games, but showed improvement over the year, throwing only one interception in the final four. He finished eighth in the ACC in passing yards per game at 169.8, ranking second among freshmen in the conference behind only Miami's Brad Kaaya.

He had another strong year as a sophomore. In the first game of the season, he threw for a career-high 323 yards in a 41–3 win over Elon; the next week, he threw for 373 yards in a 17–30 loss vs. Syracuse. His 696 passing yards in the first two games constituted the best start ever by a Wake Forest quarterback. As a junior, he started 11 of 13 games, missing one game due to injury.

As a senior, he had the most impressive season of his college career, earning second-team all-ACC honors and setting school records in single-season passer rating, passing yards, touchdown passes, total offense yards, and touchdowns, as well as the school record in career touchdowns. In the Belk Bowl, set school bowl game records in completions (32), attempts (49), passing yards (400), and touchdowns (4), becoming the first FBS player since 2000 to pass for 400+ yards, rush for 65+ yards, and throw no interceptions in a bowl game.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 11 12 in
(1.82 m)
204 lb
(93 kg)
4.77 s 1.70 s 2.76 s 4.18 s 6.78 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
All values from the 2018 Wake Forest pro day.[4]

New York Jets[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Wolford signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets. He played in most of the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, completing 8 passes on 20 attempts for 89 yards and an interception.[5][6] He was cut from the Jets on September 4.[7]

Arizona Hotshots[edit]

The Arizona Hotshots drafted Wolford with their second-round pick in the 2019 AAF QB Draft. He entered the preseason competing with first-round pick Trevor Knight for the starting job; in the Hotshots' sole preseason game against the Birmingham Iron, Wolford completed 9 of 14 passes for 116 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion. He was named starter prior to the regular season.[8]

In the first game of the regular season, a 38–22 win over the Salt Lake Stallions, Wolford completed 18 of 29 passes for 275 yards, four touchdowns, and two two-point conversions; for his performance, he was named Week 1 AAF Offensive Player of the Week.[9][10] He earned a second Player of the Week award in Week 7, when he completed 15 of 19 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and a 126.3 passer rating and ran for a 35-yard touchdown in a 32–15 victory against the San Diego Fleet.[11]

Los Angeles Rams[edit]

On April 10, 2019, Wolford signed with the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL after the AAF suspended operations.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team League GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2019 ARI AAF 8 7 130 206 63.1 1,617 7.8 14 7 95.9 36 160 4.4 1
Career 7 7 113 182 62.1 1,400 7.7 13 7 93.7 31 157 5.1 1

Source:[13]

Personal life[edit]

Wolford's uncle, Will Wolford, was a three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle who played 13 seasons in the NFL.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2017 Football Roster: John Wolford". WF Football. Wake Forest University Athletics. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Rivals.com". n.rivals.com. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  3. ^ "John Wolford". ESPN Recruiting. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  4. ^ "John Wolford, DS #16 QB, Wake Forest". NFLDraftScout.com. The Sports Xchange. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  5. ^ Cimini, Rich (15 November 2018). "Story of ex-Jet's long shot: Summer fling, a perfect pass, Wall Street". ESPN.com. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  6. ^ "New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Jets Sign Ex-Giants QB Davis Webb To Practice Squad, Cut QB John Wolford". Gang Green Nation. SB Nation. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Wolford wins starting QB job for Arizona team in new football league". Winston-Salem Journal. BH Media Group, Inc. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  9. ^ Romero, Jose (12 February 2019). "Arizona Hotshots quarterback John Wolford named Week 1 Offensive Player of the Week". AAF.com. Alliance of American Football. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Arizona Hotshots vs Salt Lake Stallions – Week 1". NoExtraPoints. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Wolford, Gates and Zema are players of the week". aaf.com. March 26, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Dennis, Clarence (April 10, 2019). "Rams sign former AAF QB John Wolford". TheRams.com.
  13. ^ "Arizona Hotshots Player Stats". aaf.com. Alliance of American Football. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  14. ^ Journal, Conor O’Neill Winston-Salem. "Ultimate competitor: After three tough years, Wake Forest QB John Wolford leading high-powered offense". Winston-Salem Journal.

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