Wake Forest suspends DL Josh Banks for final 3 games

Wake Forest has suspended redshirt junior defensive lineman Josh Banks for the final three games of the season due to a violation of team rules. Deacons head coach Dave Clawson announced Banks’ suspension, which was further reported by Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal.

“I am disappointed this has occurred,” Clawson said. “Hopefully this becomes a teachable moment for Josh and the other players in our program who will benefit in the long run.”

As a result, Banks will sit out games against Notre Dame, Clemson and Duke. Wake Forest’s season was lost, with the team sitting at 3-6 (1-5 ACC) on the season, but Banks proved to be a strong presence on the defensive line.

This season, he posted 24 tackles and a sack this season while also recovering a fumble. In his collegiate career, Banks has totaled 73 tackles, including 11.5 for a loss, plus six sacks and two forced fumbles to go with even an interception.

Just what he did wrong is a mystery, but here’s hoping that Clawson’s wish comes true and that Banks learns from this in order to get back on the field fully in 2016.

Kickoff between Wake Forest and Notre Dame takes place in South Bend at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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