Wake Forest announced Thursday that quarterback Kendall Hinton and tight end Thomas Cole had been suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season.
The school said the suspensions were for a violation of team rules and didn’t specify which team rules were broken. Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said in the statement that the two players made poor decisions and took responsibilities for their actions.
Hinton was the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind John Wolford in 2017. He was 27-47 passing for 399 yards and four touchdowns. A redshirt junior in 2018, Hinton was likely set to be Wake’s starting quarterback. His suspension opens the door for Jamie Newman, who threw four passes in 2017. Two of those were complete. One was for an interception.
Wake Forest opens with two winnable games against Tulane and Towson in 2018. Then the schedule gets a little rough over the next four games. Boston College visits Winston-Salem to open league play on Sept. 13 and Wake hosts Notre Dame on Sept. 22. After a game against Rice, Wake Forest then has a run of games vs. Clemson, Florida State and Louisville.
Hinton and Cole — who did not have a catch in 2017 — will be able to return for the Notre Dame game. We’ll see if Hinton immediately assumes the starting quarterback role after his suspension or if Newman or someone else will be the starter vs. the Fighting Irish.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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