Wake Forest quarterback Kendall Hinton and tight end Thomas Cole each were suspended for the first three games of the season due to unspecified team rules violations, multiple outlets reported.
“Kendall and Thomas made poor decisions and they take responsibility for their actions,” said Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson in a statement released by the school. “There are consequences to those decisions and we hope that they will each learn from this and continue to grow and mature.”
Both players will be eligible to return for the Demon Deacons’ matchup against Notre Dame on Sept. 22.
Hinton was expected to open the season as the starter but will sit out games against Tulane, Towson and Boston College. Sophomore Jamie Newman and freshman Sam Hartman are the top candidates to replace Hinton.
A redshirt junior, the 6-foot, 195-pound Hinton has appeared in 17 games over three seasons, including four starts. He has thrown for 1,502 yards with 10 touchdowns versus four interceptions.
Cole appeared in three games last season. The redshirt sophomore is vying to land the backup job to starting tight end Jack Freudenthal.