Malik Henry impresses in Nevada debut

Former Florida State quarterback Malik Henry struggled to adjust to the college life during his one season in Tallahassee. Subsequently, the one-time five-star recruit decided to go the JUCO route and ended up at Independence Community College where his journey, along with other players, was documented on the popular Netflix show, Last Chance U.

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Henry on LCU. He had feuds with teammates and coaches amid inconsistent play on the football field. Henry saw most of his playing time come as a redshirt freshman when he completed 132 of 245 passes for 1,383 yards with 10 touchdowns to eight interceptions in 10 games. In 2018, the 6-foot-4 signal caller only played in two games, completing 44.2% of his passes for 237 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. We’ll get to see exactly what went wrong for him later this summer when season four of the show arrives.

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After his time at Independence, it really seemed like Henry’s attitude coupled with ups and downs on the football field limited interest from schools. He was ranked as a three-star recruit out of junior college with interest from Oregon, Nebraska, Ole Miss, and Memphis. However, none of those schools would end up offering him a scholarship. Henry finally ended up walking on at Nevada, a far cry from where he started his college career in 2015.

We haven’t heard much about his time with the Wolf Pack since he elected to walk-on but the latest news trickling out of Reno sounds positive for the talented quarterback.

Nevada played its annual spring game last weekend and Henry was one of the most impressive players on the field. Five quarterbacks saw action on the day but the California native stood out amongst them. He completed 16 of 28 passes for a game-high 211 yards and a passing touchdown while showing off his accurate arm and playmaking ability.

“We need repetitions at quarterback,” Nevada head coach Jay Norvell said after the spring game according to the University of Nevada Athletics. “We need a guy to take charge. We need somebody that earns the right to be our quarterback by the way they work.”

Henry was the second quarterback to talk with the media after the game. “I think I could’ve done a lot better,” he said. “I think overall as a team we did a great job. We did a great job executing.”

“I really just have to stay in the playbook, stay around my guys,” Henry said on winning the starting job. “Working on timing routes, make sure we all have great chemistry. If we do that I think we’ll go out there and be a well-oiled machine. We’ll be able to flow, the offense will be running smoothly. I think we just need more time together.”

Nevada has to replace a three-year starter at quarterback and Henry is right in the thick of things as we move toward the summer. He’ll have two years of eligibility with the Wolf Pack.

You can watch his spring game highlights below.

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