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Wake Forest adds pair of graduate transfer kickers

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Wake Forest was active on the graduate transfer market Tuesday, picking up two kickers to add to its 2018 roster.

The Deacons announced Darren Ford as a transfer from Division III Hope College in Michigan and Eric Osteen from Army.

Ford connected on 25-of-38 field goals and 99 PATs at Hope while also averaging 40 yards per punt over the past two seasons. He also handled kickoffs for the past three seasons at Hope.

Osteen is a rare case; he graduated from Army back in 2013 and recently completed a 5-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army. He will kick for Wake Forest while pursuing an MBA. He was the Black Knights’ kickoff specialist in his former career, totaling 40 touchbacks in 110 kickoffs from 2011-12. He recorded five kickoffs in six tries during Army’s 2012 game against Wake Forest.

Ford and Osteen figure to slide into starting roles for the Deacons’ 2018 squad. Mike Weaver, a senior, handled place-kicking and kickoff duties for Wake Forest a season ago. He made 21-of-25 field goals and 52-of-56 extra points and posted 33 touchbacks in 83 total kickoffs.

Wake Forest’s likely starting QB Kendall Hinton, TE Thomas Cole suspended three games to start 2018

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Nice little afternoon bombshell out of Winston-Salem on Thursday as Wake Forest announced two suspensions as the result of a violation of team rules:

While Thomas Cole was set to battle for a rotation spot as a redshirt sophomore, the news is huge for the Demon Deacons because Kendall Hinton was slated to be the team’s starting quarterback in 2018. He had been the primary backup to John Wolford the past three years (starting against Clemson last season) and seemed to win the job coming out of spring practice over sophomore Jamie Newman. 

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

Now it appears that Newman will get the nod initially when Wake Forest kicks off their upcoming season against at Tulane and against Towson and Boston College at home. True freshman Sam Hartman, a three-star recruit out of high school, could also find himself in the mix.

All told, Hinton was a 54 percent passer during his career at Wake, throwing for 1,502 yards and eight touchdowns while also providing much more of a threat with is legs (10 career rushing TD’s). Now it seems like it’s back to the drawing board for Clawson and company with a critical stretch to open the season if the team wants to make it back to a bowl game once again.

Brother of Georgia QB Jake Fromm commits to… Auburn

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The annual Auburn-Georgia rivalry could soon have a little familial spice in the not-too-distant future.

This past weekend, Tyler Fromm, a Class of 2019 recruit from Warner Robins, Ga., announced that he has committed to playing his college football for the University of Auburn.  If the surname of the commit sounds familiar it should as Fromm’s older brother, Jake Fromm, is the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia.

And, for those of you who are curious, UGA was not one of the more than a dozen scholarship offers the tight end has received.

In addition to Auburn, Fromm held offers from Power Five programs such as Florida, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, USC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.  247Sports.com currently has Fromm as a three-star prospect, rated as the No. 24 tight end in the country and the No. 54 player at any position in the state of Georgia.

Known as the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, Auburn and Georgia have played each other in football 122 times, including every year since the 1944 season.  The teams first played during the 1892 season.

Oregon wins out over Texas, USC for services of Wake Forest grad transfer WR Tabari Hines

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In the end, it’s a Pac-12 school that’s won out for the services of one of the most productive players available on the graduate transfer market.

After deciding to leave Wake Forest earlier this offseason, Tabari Hines took an official visit to Oregon and then, ultimately, did the same to Texas and USC as well. With that trio of Power Five schools in the running for his services, the wide receiver took to Twitter Monday to announce that he will be enrolling at UO and continuing his collegiate playing career with the Ducks.

As Hines is headed to Eugene as a grad transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2018. The upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility.

This past season, Hines’ 53 receptions tied for the team lead, with his 683 receiving yards good for third on the Demon Deacons. His seven receiving touchdowns were also third on the team.

For his collegiate career thus far, Hines has totaled 123 catches for 1,496 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2015, Hines set school freshman records for receptions (32) and receiving yards (366) in a single season. He’s started 14 games the past two seasons — six in 2017, eight the year before.

Texas, USC join Oregon as potential landing spots for Wake Forest transfer WR Tabari Hines

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It appears Oregon will have some competition for one of the more productive players on the graduate transfer market.

After deciding to leave Wake Forest, Tabari Hines took an official visit to Oregon earlier this month. Two weeks later, Texas and USC have entered the fray and are in the mix for the wide receiver’s services per Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com.

According to Rittenberg, Hines will make his decision on a new school at some point next week.

This past season, Hines’ 53 receptions tied for the team lead, with his 683 receiving yards good for third on the Demon Deacons. His seven receiving touchdowns were also third on the team.

For his collegiate career thus far, Hines has totaled 123 catches for 1,496 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2015, Hines set school freshman records for receptions (32) and receiving yards (366) in a single season. He’s started 14 games the past two seasons — six in 2017, eight the year before.