Former ‘Nole loses out on starting job at Nevada

After former Florida State quarterback Malik Henry landed at Nevada as a walk-on over the offseason, many were hoping the talented signal-caller would finally be able to turn his career around. Instead, it’ll be another uphill battle for Henry to see consistent snaps as redshirt freshman Carson Strong was named the starting quarterback by head coach Jay Norvell.

Henry had a promising spring game for the Wolf Pack, completing 16 of 28 passes for a game-high 211 yards and a passing touchdown while showing off a renewed attitude as he headed into the summer. It seemed like the starting job was all but his after veteran Cristian Solano broke his hand early in fall camp. However, Henry dealt with some injuries of his own. According to Chris Murray of Nevada Sports Net, the California native had been nursing a hamstring injury for a few weeks, even missing one of Nevada’ earlier scrimmages.

If he can get back to being fully healthy, expect the former five-star prospect to push for Strong’s spot if the redshirt freshman struggles early in the season. Henry certainly has the talent to be an impact player but he has to keep himself under control mentally. We saw how he dealt with being a backup quarterback at Independence Community College during the popular series Last Chance U. That’s not going to fly in Division I football. Henry has to stay composed, keep rooting on his teammates, and wait for his opportunity to come.

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