Wake’s Sage Surratt opts out of football season

App State pauses practices after 11 test positive for COVID-19

Wake Forest all-ACC wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL Draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Matt Patterson / AP Photo)

Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL Draft amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Surratt announced his decision Wednesday on social media, citing “the many uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19.” Surratt said he’s set to earn an economics degree in December, saying the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has “forever transformed my life.”

“My experience at Wake Forest has been extraordinary, and I leave with a humble and grateful heart,” Surratt said.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior made The Associated Press’ All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season after hauling in 66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games before going down with an injury. The 1,001 yards were the best for all power-conference receivers at the time of the injury, with four games of at least 150 yards last season.

Surratt’s brother, Chazz, plays linebacker at North Carolina after starting his career as a quarterback and is also an NFL prospect.

UNC team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe said in an email that Chazz Surratt’s status remains unchanged.

App State football has coronavirus cluster

Appalachian State has paused football practices after reporting a coronavirus cluster involving the team.

Athletic director Doug Gillin has suspended practice “until further consultation warrants a change in status.”

The decision announced Tuesday night comes after there were active cases reported for seven students and four staffers. The school said health officials have instructed the individuals to isolate while recovering, while those in close contact with the active cases have been instructed to quarantine.