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Who is John Wolford? A look at the quarterback Rams are pinning their playoff hopes on in Week 17


The #Los #Angeles #Rams are on the brink of clinching a playoff spot, but there’s one problem: starting quarterback #Jared #Goff is unlikely to play in the regular-season finale against the #Arizona #Cardinals due to a thumb injury. The former #No. 1 overall pick reportedly suffered a broken and dislocated right thumb, and underwent surgery on #Monday. #All the #Rams have to do on #Sunday is beat the #Cardinals and they officially clinch a postseason spot. #So who is #Sean #McVay pinning his playoff hopes to? The answer is #John #Wolford.

#Wolford is an undrafted free agent out of #Wake #Forest who has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular-season game, but there is plenty to like about this kid. #From a famous coach who showed early interest in him to future NFL MVPs he once defeated, #Rams fans are hoping they witness the birth of a star this weekend. #If you’re unfamiliar with #John #Wolford, let’s get you caught up.

#Recruited by #Lincoln #Riley

#Wolford attended #Bishop #Kenny high school in #Jacksonville, #Florida. #According to his 247Sports #Composite #Rating, he was a three-star recruit but did have a famous suitor. #Former #East #Carolina offensive coordinator #Lincoln #Riley saw something in #Wolford, and unsuccessfully tried to recruit him to ECU. #That’s right, the four-time #Big 12 champion and the 2018 #Big 12 #Coach of the #Year was interested in #Wolford. #He did end up heading north to the state of #North #Carolina, but attended #Wake #Forest instead.

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#Wolford had a pretty successful college career. #He set school records as a senior with a 157.98 efficiency rating, 3,192 passing yards, 29 touchdown passes, 3,875 total offense yards, 39 touchdowns responsible for in a season and 78 total in his career, according to #Wake #Forest’s official website. #Wolford also set #Wake #Forest bowl game records with 49 passing attempts, 32 completions, 400 yards and four touchdown passes in a win over #Texas A&M in the #Belk #Bowl. #One of the more notable performances he registered in his career was leading the #Demon #Deacons to a 42-32 win over #Lamar #Jackson and the #Louisville #Cardinals. #Wolford completed 28 of 34 passes for 461 yards and five touchdowns in the statement win, and he will potentially have another chance to down a #Heisman #Trophy winner in #Kyler #Murray this #Sunday.

A “#Hotshot” from the start

#After #Wolford went undrafted in the 2018 NFL #Draft, he got a shot with the #New #York #Jets, but they ended up parting ways with him prior to the regular season. #Wolford then decided to go another route, and signed up to play in the brand new #Alliance of #American #Football. #He was selected by the #Arizona #Hotshots with their second-round pick and eventually won the starting job over #Trevor #Knight. #Wolford’s four-touchdown performance in the #Hotshots’ first regular-season game earned him the #Week 1 AAF #Offensive #Player of the #Week, and it appeared early on that he was going to be one of the more notable names in this new football league.

A preseason highlight reel

#Wolford has created some incredible highlights during his short time with the #Rams. #After the AAF folded, he signed with #Los #Angeles and ended up securing a spot on the #Rams practice squad. #He did enough to earn a reserve/future contract, and found his way to the active roster. #Wolford hasn’t thrown a pass during a regular-season game, but check out some of these highlights from the preseason:

#It would be quite the story if #Wolford was able to lead the #Rams to the playoffs in his first career start. #It speaks volumes that #McVay has confidence in this former undrafted free agent to step up and play well when the team desperately needs a win.

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