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Nevada's Zac Welch, who played 12 games last two seasons, to transfer

Zac Welch
Zac Welch is transferring out of Nevada after two seasons with the program. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics)

Zac Welch, who played in 12 games over the last two seasons on Nevada's offensive line, has entered the transfer portal with the intention of finding a new school.

"I’m extremely thankful for my time at the University of Nevada, and I’m thankful for all the relationships that I built here," Welch said in a Twitter post. "With that being said I have entered the transfer portal with 4 years left to compete!"

Welch was part of Nevada's now decimated 2019 recruiting class, which has seen more than half of its signees transfer after two seasons with the program. A 6-foot-4, 300-pounder from El Dorado Hills, Calif., Welch played in four games as a true freshman in 2019 and eight of Nevada's nine contests last season. Since the NCAA is not counting the 2020 season as a year of eligibility, Welch has four years remaining at his next school and will be immediately eligible.

Welch was a second-string right guard last season and was in a crowded mix of players looking to replace departed starter Nate Brown this offseason (spring camp finished May 2). Most of Welch's playing time at Nevada came on special teams as he had yet to log a start in college.

A graduate of Oak Ridge High, Welch was the first all-state offensive lineman from his school. He lettered in football and track from 2017-19 and was first-team all-league, first-team all-section, first-team all-NorCal and second-team all-state. Welch was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and the No. 34 center in the 2019 class, per 247Sports. He also had offers from San Jose State and Utah State.

Since entering the transfer portal Wednesday, Welch has reported offers from Missouri State, Western Illinois, Clarion University, Slippery Rock University and Gannon University.

Welch is the the 12th player from the Wolf Pack's 21-player 2019 recruiting class to leave the school, joining LB JaVanz Dornners, QB Austin Kirksey, TE Ryan Smith, LB Patrick Willis, LB Jalen Williams, DL Logan Arnold, DE Javasia Brunson, TE Henry Ikahihifo, CB Cam Stephens, OL Cole Watts and DB Kieran Clark. Welch, Watts and Clark have announced their intention to transfer since the end of spring camp. Watts signed with Dixie State while Clark has not made a decision on his next school yet.


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