Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Malik Henry pulled from play

Malik Henry will be taken off the field in order to focus on academics and life outside of football.
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Nevada quarterback Malik Henry will not suit up for the Wolf Pack for the foreseeable future.

Head coach Jay Norvell announced that Henry will be taken off the field in order to focus on academics and life outside of football.

Redshirt freshman Carson Strong and fifth-year senior Cristian Solano will prepare for the starting quarterback position when Nevada plays at Wyoming on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Norvell released the following statement on Tuesday morning: “As a coach, it is my responsibility to help young men grow and mature and be prepared for life after football. I believed that by giving Malik Henry an opportunity on the field, it would help him continue to progress off the field.

“I’ve made the decision to take Malik off the field so that he can continue to focus on academics and his life outside of football. Malik is not suspended. He is a member of our program and we will continue to support him.

“We’ll move forward this week with Carson Strong and Cristian Solano as our top quarterbacks as we prepare for Wyoming.”

Henry threw for 352 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in his first FBS start against San Jose State.

A former five-star recruit, Henry left Florida State University and played two seasons at Independence Community College in Kansas. Henry’s status as a prospect had lost its shine and he had no Division-1 scholarship offers. He walked on at Nevada in the spring.

Nevada is 4-3 overall, 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference.

–Isaiah Burrows

About Isaiah Burrows

Tahoe Onstage sportswriter Isaiah Burrows also is a general assignment reporter for CarsonNow.org, an online news source in Carson City. He is a journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he writes sports for the Sagebrush student newspaper. He is the Reno Aces beat writer for Tahoe Onstage.

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