Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson confirmed on Tuesday that quarterback Kendall Hinton and running back Cade Carney will not play against NC State this weekend. Hinton sprained a knee ligament against Delaware. Carney hasn’t played in a couple weeks, also because of a knee injury.
So far Wake has been able to play through these setbacks without problem, but nonetheless this is coming at a cost to the Deacs’ offensive output. Hinton was productive through the air and on the ground in the early going, while Carney was coming off a 100-yard rushing game against Duke before he got hurt.
Hinton and Carney rank third and fourth on the team in rushing yardage. Wake is averaging 200 rushing yards per game this season, which I would normally caveat with some words about schedule, but Wake ran for a grand total of 479 yards in 2014. Yes, in a complete season, they ran for 479 yards. Progress is progress.