Former FSU QB finds new home as a walk-on

From five-star prospect to walk-on? It’s quite the rare occurrence that you don’t see every day and it has become the reality for former Florida State quarterback Malik Henry.

The California native has decided to continue his collegiate career at Nevada after failing to attract high profile interest following his stint at Independence Community College. At one point, Henry was being recruited by Ole Miss and Oregon, but it seems like those options fell through as his time in junior college went on. The former five-star prospect will have two seasons of eligibility remaining to contribute for the Wolfpack.

The good news for Henry is that he’s walking into a situation with unproven options at quarterback. Three-year starter Ty Gangi graduated following the 2018 season and Nevada will hold a competition to find his replacement. Henry will have to beat out players such as a senior Cristian Solano and redshirt freshman Carson Strong.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound quarterback transferred from Florida State after redshirting during the 2016 season. He was disciplined on multiple occasions during his time in Tallahassee and that behavior ultimately led to his departure. Henry quickly settled on Independence Community College and was featured on Season Three of the popular Netflix documentary Last Chance U.

Henry’s erratic behavior and attitude were profiled extensively on the show alongside his spouts with head coach Jason Brown. The Long Beach native finished his time in Independence by completing 52.4% of his passes for 1,620 yards and 11 touchdowns to 11 interceptions while splitting time with multiple quarterbacks. Henry also scored twice on the ground.

Henry never appeared in a regular season game at Florida State but he did put on a show during the 2016 spring game. He completed 15 of 22 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns while outdueling Deondre Francois for a win.

If he can conquer himself, the sky is the limit for Henry. However, we’ve been saying the same sorts of things since the former five-star prospect was in high school.

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