Nevada quarterback Malik Henry will get his first FBS start on Saturday when the Wolf Pack hosts San Jose State, head coach Jay Norvell announced on Monday.
Henry, a former four-star prospect who began his career at Florida State, walked on with the Wolf Pack in February. Henry last played for Independence (Kan.) Community College where he was a featured player of Netflix's "Last Chance U" documentary that told the story of a team of players looking for second chances.
Ranked the No. 17 prospect in the 2016 recruiting class by ESPN (and 34th by Scout and 49th by 247Sports), Henry opted for Florida State over offers from Notre Dame, USC, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Wisconsin and Arizona State, among others. At Florida State, he was briefly suspended in August 2016 for an unspecified violation of team rules and never appeared in a game for the Seminoles before transferring in December 2016.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder moved on to Independence, where he completed 132-of-245 passes (53.9 percent) for 1,383 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2017. After not signing with an FBS school, Henry returned to Independence this season, completing 19-of-43 passes (44.2 percent) for 237 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in two games.
Henry saw minimal playing time with the Wolf Pack against UTEP in El Paso, completing three passes for 28 yards. He will be the fourth quarterback Nevada has played during the first five games of the 2019-20 season.
Head coach Jay Norvell has reiterated that all three of his quarterbacks would have to win games for the Wolf Pack at some point during the season.