WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest sophomore quarterback Kendall Hinton returned to the practice field Wednesday morning, with hopes that he might be able to lead to the team a week from Saturday when the Deacs host Army.
“It was good,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said about having Hinton back in practice. “We just have to keep him going and see how he feels. He’s got to be confident on it to play, and he hasn’t played football in three or four weeks.
“We have to get him out here, get the rust off and see how he feels.”
It’s still far from determined that Hinton will be under center when the Deacs host Army at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
“If he’s healthy. We don’t know if he’s healthy yet,” Clawson said.
“Are you healthy, Kendall?” Clawson asked Hinton.
Clawson said the decision is easy if Hinton is 100 percent.
“He’s getting there. If he’s 100 percent healthy, he’ll start,” Clawson said. “If he’s not 100 percent healthy, then we’ll have a decision. He has to be healthy and confident. He has to be able to play the way Kendall Hinton plays.
“If he can do all the things he can do, then he didn’t lose his job because he got hurt.
Clawson spoke on a couple other topics after practice Wednesday.
On the health of the football team
Clawson: “We weren’t healthy for Florida State. We were down four starters. We were down our center, down our starting quarterback, down our starting tight end and down a starting corner. Guys were banged up, so this bye week comes at a good time. We gave them Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off. We’ll go today, tomorrow and Friday. We’ll give them Saturday off, then we’ll go Sunday and give them Monday off. So, we’ll give them five days off, which we need to get healthy.”
On what’s on the agenda on the field this week
Clawson: “Today was a get back in the flow type of day. It was almost like a spring practice and we kept it short. We’ve been off for three days and just wanted them playing football again. Tomorrow we will start introducing Army, and then Friday will be an extra day of Army prep. Obviously with the offense and defense we’ll face, the extra prep really helps. As much as they are unique on offense, they’re also unique on defense.”
On what they do unique defensively
Clawson: “They’re really kind of based out of an odd front that we haven’t faced this year. They bring more zone pressures and more zone blitzes than anyone we’ve faced this year. They’re constantly moving their front. They’ve yet to give up more than 300 yards in a game. They’ve yet to give up 100 yards rushing in a game. This is the best Army team that we’ve faced since we’ve been here as a staff.”