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Nevada LB James Fotofili, victim of a road-rage hit-and-run, suffers skull fracture


There was scary-sounding news coming out of the Nevada football program this past weekend.  Fortunately, though, it appears this story is ticketed for a happy ending.

Linebacker James Fotofili, the Wolf Pack confirmed, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Sacramento last week.  According to a statement from the Nevada football team, the junior “suffered a skull fracture as a result of the incident and has been hospitalized.” Sunday, Fotofili underwent surgery to reduce swelling in his brain.

The good news? “According to his family, the procedure went well and James is on his way to a full recovery,” the program wrote in its statement.

How long Fotofili will remain hospitalized is unclear.  It’s also unclear at which point he’ll be able to resume football-related activities.

According to a GoFundMe page set up to help offset Fotopili’s medical bills, the Nevada football player was the victim of a road-rage incident.  From the page’s description:

Fotofili, who is a football player for the University of Nevada, was driving home to visit his [brother’s] [gravesite], when he was a victim of terrible road rage accident. When James decided to get out [of] the car to check on his baby boy in the back seat, the same man involved in the road rage drove by and hit him with his car and fled the scene putting James in critical condition.

Thus far, the fund-raising effort has netted more than $20,000 toward its goal of $50,000.

Fotofili was a two-star member of the Nevada football Class of 2018.  The past two seasons, he played in a combined 23 games.

Nevada has won a combined 15 games in those two seasons.  That’s the program’s most in back-to-back campaigns since winning 20 in 2010-11.  In March, Jay Norvell was rewarded with a new five-year contract.

Nevada sees second Wolf Pack player this week enter transfer portal

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For the second time this week, Nevada has seen its football roster take a hit.

First, quarterback Kaiden Bennett, who was a transfer from Bosie State, opted to leave the Nevada football team as well. A couple of days later, 247Sports.com reported that Daylon Johnson is now in the NCAA transfer database.  A Nevada football official subsequently confirmed that the defensive back is in the portal.

Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.

As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.

NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.

Johnson was a two-star member of the Class of 2016 for the Wolf Pack.  As a graduate transfer, the Texas native will be eligible to play immediately at another FBS school in 2020.  This coming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.

Johnson didn’t play at all his first two seasons with the Wolf Pack, taking a redshirt as a true freshman and missing the entire 2017 season due to injury.  The past two seasons, Johnson appeared in a combined 14 games.  After playing in five games in 2019, the defensive back suffered a season-ending injury.

Nevada has won a combined 15 games the past two seasons.  That’s the program’s most in back-to-back seasons since winning 20 in 2010-11.  In March, Jay Norvell was rewarded with a new five-year contract.