Demon Deacons suspend quarterback Hinton for three games

Former Graham standout Jamie Newman is in line to be the starting quarterback for Wake Forest’s football team after suspensions announced Thursday.

Quarterback Kendall Hinton, who began the 2016 season as the starter before an injury, was one of two players receiving three-game suspensions for a violation of team rules, the school announced.

Rising redshirt sophomore tight end Thomas Cole was also suspended. He played in three games in 2017.

With Hinton out of the loop, Newman figures to be at the top of the depth chart. He was the third-stringer last year, when John Wolford completed a four-year career as the starter most of the time.

Hinton, a rising redshirt sophomore, has made four career starts. Wolford beat him out of the first-string role last summer.

Hinton was the projected starter coming out of spring practice in April, coach Dave Clawson said, followed by Newman and Sam Hartman.

“I think the gap between all of those guys probably got tight through the spring,” Clawson said of the trio during an Atlantic Coast Conference spring teleconference. “… (Newman) was certainly one of the more improved players in our program this spring, and I would say the gap between him and Kendall has probably tightened. But I would say Kendall is still one and Jamie is still two.”

Even before Hinton’s suspension, Clawson said the key would be for the quarterbacks to work with receivers before preseason camp.

“There are just a million reps those guys got to get in on their own,” Clawson said. “Those guys are going to have to get on their own in the summer and work at it, and we expect to be a lot better at that when we start camp in August.”

Newman, a rising redshirt sophomore, and Hartman handled a share of the quarterback duties during the spring game. Hartman is a freshman who enrolled in January.

Newman has been in Clawson’s program for three spring sessions because he graduated early from Graham and enrolled at Wake Forest in January 2016.

Hinton, who’s from Durham, and Cole will miss Wake Forest’s games Aug. 30 at Tulane, Sept. 8 against visiting Towson and Sept. 13 vs. visiting Boston College.

“Kendall and Thomas made poor decisions and they take responsibility for their actions,” Clawson said in a statement from the school. “There are consequences to those decisions and we hope that they will each learn from this and continue to grow and mature.”

Wake Forest is coming off an 8-5 season that included a Belk Bowl victory against Texas A&M.