Nevada's starting quarterback battle for the season opener is down to two players after Cristian Solano, the fifth-year senior and projected favorite in the race, broke his throwing hand and will require surgery.
“Senior quarterback Cristian Solano hit his right hand on a helmet during practice this week and is expected to miss the rest of training camp and part of the regular season due to the injury," head coach Jay Norvell said in a news release. "He is expected to undergo surgery in the coming days and we’re hopeful of his return around the start of conference play.”
Solano was competing with junior Malik Henry and redshirt freshman Carson Strong for the starting job. Each had taken reps with the first string during the first two fall camp practices.
Solano was the only one of the three with starting experience, although that was just one game, a 21-3 loss to Fresno State last season. In his career, Solano is 28-of-51 for 256 yards with zero touchdowns and four interceptions. He's also rushed 26 times for 103 yards and one touchdown.
Henry has never taken a snap at the FBS level. His college career began at Florida State before two seasons in junior college. Strong has one FBS pass, a completion for 4 yards against Portland State last season when he was a redshirting freshman.