In a series of… events, Wake Forest will have their first NFL starting quarterback since Norm Snead in 1976.
It’s 2020, so COVID-19 is very obviously running rampant in everyday life. In the NFL, the virus, as well as contact tracing from those who have tested positive for the virus, and in this case knocked out 4 quarterbacks for the Denver Broncos.
Instead of cancelling the game however, the teams are pressing on and the Broncos are turning to their college QB turned college slot receiver turned NFL practice squad receiver as their starter today.
#Broncos WR Kendall Hinton will play plenty at QB tomorrow, source said. 2020! He did play QB for a few years at Wake Forest.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2020
While expectations are tempered as Hinton hasn’t taken a snap at quarterback in more than 2 years, and will be getting sent out cold, Kendall Hinton has shown he’s always been a player to do whatever the team needs, and do it well. When he was needed at QB he came in and added an electric spark to the offense with a pretty deep ball and athleticism that jumped off the page. When Wake needed an option at slot receiver, Hinton stepped in and became one of the best slot receivers in the ACC, being both a dependable 3rd down option and one that can break a play wide open.
If you’re looking for a quote on what one of the best coaches in college football had to say the last time Hinton started at QB:
If Kendall Hinton starts at QB tomorrow for the Broncos, Sean Payton will likely have a few more hour’s notice than Dabo Swinney did in 2017 (Hinton’s last game as starting QB). Swinney to me in the postgame interview: “That number two is good.” pic.twitter.com/t5TbKBMdTZ— Kyle Tatich (@ktatich) November 29, 2020
I know where I’m going to be at 4:05 today, right on my couch watching this game on Fox. Time to show the world what you got K2. Deacon Nation is right behind you every step, or throw, along the way.
Kendall Hinton QB highlights at Wake Forest pic.twitter.com/dPbeWGuBkC— Louis Prejean (@LouisPrejean) November 28, 2020