WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest has suspended six football players, including four starters and the team’s second-leading rusher, for its game today at Maryland over a violation of team rules.
Coach Jim Grobe says cornerback Merrill Noel, safety Daniel Mack, linebacker Mike Olson, guard Frank Souza, running back Deandre Martin and receiver Airyn Willis will be eligible to be reinstated for the team’s next game at Virginia on Oct. 20.
Noel, Mack, Olson and Souza are listed as starters on the team’s depth chart. Olson is the team’s leading tackler, and Martin has 279 yards rushing.
Details of the violations were not given.
Ex-Vol Rogers making most of second chance
Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers said he is maturing as a person. His football future depends on it.
The former All-SEC standout, who said he left Tennessee after being suspended for positive drug tests, continues to show there is no question about his ability.
Rogers has 34 receptions for 562 yards and five touchdowns in Tennessee Tech’s first five games. He owns single-game school records for catches and receiving yards.
“It’s the same old me, just in a more mature sense,” the former Tennessee star said. “I have a different mentality about life and how you approach things.”
Nobody questions Rogers’ talent.
He led the SEC with 67 catches and ranked second in the conference with 1,040 receiving yards to earn all-conference honors with the Volunteers last season.
Rogers’ plans unraveled less than two weeks before the start of the season when he was suspended indefinitely. His transfer to Tennessee Tech was announced four days later.
Rogers remains a legitimate NFL prospect because of his size (6-foot-3, 206 pounds) and athleticism. As a junior, Rogers would be eligible to enter the draft next year.
“It’s your second chance, but it’s your last chance,” Rogers said.