Wake Forest starting QB Kendall Hinton has been suspended for the first 3 games of the season for a violation of team rules according to Wake Forest. Tight End Thomas Cole has also been suspended for 3 games.
Head Coach Dave Clawson announced today that quarterback Kendall Hinton and tight end Thomas Cole have been suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season due to a violation of team rules.— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) June 14, 2018
As a reminder, the first 3 games of the season are at Tulane, vs. Towson, and vs. BC. The Deacs’ choice at quarterback for these games will be redshirt sophomore Jamie Newman, who is 2-4 for 8 yards in his collegiate career, or freshman Sam Hartman, who has never played a down of college football.
While losing your starting QB is never a situation you want to be in, this is a huge opportunity for Hartman and Newman to get game experience and show what they can do on the field.
Another thing of note here is the new NCAA rule which allows freshman to play up to 4 games without losing their ability to redshirt.
Starting this season, football players can play in up to four games without losing a season of competition: https://t.co/oh4F4Qbxbn— NCAA (@NCAA) June 13, 2018
This means that Hartman can play in these first 3 games without burning his redshirt, which is huge for the Deacs in this scenario.
I’m confident the Deacs can beat Tulane and Towson with inexperience at the quarterback position. I’m wavering a little bit on the BC game at this point, but we’ll just have to wait and see how Hartman or Newman perform in the first 2 games.