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Monday, March 2, 2009
Wake's backup quarterback leaves team

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Add Wake Forest to the list of ACC programs in need of a backup quarterback this spring.

I spoke with Brett Hodges, who told me Monday he has decided to forgo his senior season in favor of concentrating on his education and internship opportunities. It was a decision that came as a shock to starting quarterback Riley Skinner, and one coach Jim Grobe obviously wasn't excited about.

"A lot of people are saying that I quit, and that's really not a word that I like to say," Hodges said. "In my mind, I've never quit anything in my life. I don't feel this is quitting, it's more just me taking the next step in my life."

This is a pretty significant blow to the Deacs because they don't have anyone with experience behind Skinner. Hodges proved his worth in 2007, when he had to start in place of Skinner, who suffered a separated shoulder in the season opener against Boston College.

That will make this spring even more interesting in Winston-Salem, where there will be a good competition going on behind Skinner. Skylar Jones, who will be a redshirt sophomore, is the fastest quarterback on the roster. He was clocked at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. Ted Stachitas redshirted last year and could be another option, along with holder Ryan McManus, who will be a senior.