Wake Forest has suspended offensive lineman Ryan Anderson for five games and defensive back Thomas Brown for one game. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, no reason was given for the suspension except that both players were guilty of a violation of team rules.
Wake Forest suspends freshman OL Ryan Anderson 5 games & junior DB Thomas Brown 1 game for violating team rules
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 4, 2015
Anderson, a redshirt freshman, was penciled in as the Demon Deacons’ starting center while Brown, set to begin his junior season, was expected to see most of his time at safety. Last season, in 12 games, he had 54 tackles with two sacks and two forced fumbles.
Though Brown will only miss Wake Forest’s season opener against the CAA’s Elon Phoenix on September 3, Anderson won’t be back until the team’s matchup against Boston College on October 10. Given how Wake Forest went 3-9 (1-7 ACC) in its first season under coach Dave Clawson, the timing of this could not be worse. Hopefully, the team is still able to compete despite the long-term loss of Anderson.
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