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Nevada quarterback Griffin Dahn puts name in transfer portal

Griffin Dahn
Griffin Dahn will transfer out of Nevada. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Nevada's quarterback competition has been trimmed by one.

Griffin Dahn, a junior who was entering his third season at Nevada, has put his name in the transfer portal and intends to leave the school, he tweeted Friday morning.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Dahn played in one game for Nevada, doing so in the 2017 season opener when he was put in for a crucial fourth-and-inches situation against Northwestern for a designed run, a play that was stuffed behind the line of scrimmage.

Dahn would have to sit out a season if he transfers to an FBS school, but he could play immediately if he dropped down to the FCS. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining after using a redshirt in 2017 following ankle surgery.

Dahn, from Columbus, Ohio, was recruited to Nevada after one season at American River Community College in Sacramento, where he started all 13 games and led his team to the CCCAA Northern California Championship. That season, Dahn completed 158-of-328 passes (48.2 percent) for 2,434 yards, 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also rushed for 511 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Nevada largely recruited Dahn to be a running quarterback in short-yardage situations, with head coach Jay Norvell envisioning him in the "Bell-Dozer" formation he used while the offensive coordinator at Texas and Oklahoma. That package gave way to a traditional wildcat formation last season, with backs Devonte Lee or Toa Taua serving as the quarterback.

In the first five spring camp practices, Nevada quarterbacks Cristian Solano, Carson Strong and Malik Henry have risen to the top of the competition and will battle for the starting position in 2019. Freshmen Austin Kirksey and Hamish McClure, a walk-on, complete the quarterback room.

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