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QB change at Nevada puts former Last Chance U star and FSU QB Malik Henry in starting role

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Things have not gone well for Nevada on the football field this season. Now, the Wolfpack are making a change at starting quarterback. Malik Henry, the former Florida State quarterback, will take on the starting job beginning this week against San Jose State.

Henry was named the backup quarterback to begin the season behind Carson Strong by head coach Jay Norvell. But a struggling offense regardless of who has been playing quarterback for Nevada has led to this latest decision by Norvell.

“We are going to start Malik Henry at quarterback this week,” Norvell said during a Monday press conference, according to Nevada Sports Net. “I just feel like at this point in the season with where we are as a team that Malik deserves his opportunity. It ain’t musical chairs. Malik is going to play. His opportunity to play is this week. We’ll do what we feel like we have to do as a team to win.”

This will be Henry’s first chance to start a college game. Henry walked on at Nevada in January after two seasons at Independence Community College in Kansas, which was feature don the Netflix docuseries “Last Chance U.” Henry transferred to the JUCO program after leaving Florida State.

Nevada names Carson Strong starting QB ahead of former FSU QB Malik Henry

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Another starting quarterback decision has been made. Nevada is moving on with redshirt freshman Carson Strong, according to Brett McMurphy of Stadium via Twitter. Former Florida State quarterback Malik Henry will be the backup quarterback.

Strong appeared in one game for the Wolfpack last season, in which he didn’t throw a single pass but did rush for four yards. The former three-star recruit was a part of Nevada’s Class of 2018.

Henry walked on at Nevada in January after two seasons at Independence Community College in Kansas, which was featured on “Last Chance U” on Netflix. Henry landed at the JUCO program after leaving the Florida State program.

Unproven FSU quarterbacks getting opportunity to prove value this spring

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Who will be Florida State’s starting quarterback in 2016? Your guess is as good as anyone’s at this point early in the spring practice schedule for Florida State. Head coach Jimbo Fisher is in no real rush to name a starter and says the competition early on is far too close to make such a decision.

“You’ve got to come back and do it in the fall, but [spring] gives you an evaluation of what a guy is capable of, why he plays, what he can and can’t do,” Fisher said (via The Orlando Sentinel). “His demeanor, how he responds in a team atmosphere, how he leans, how he plays [under] pressure. We put a lot of stuff on them.”

With Sean Maguire (perhaps the likely starter in the end) out for the spring with a broken ankle, the competing candidates for the job in Tallahassee include redshirt freshman Deondre Francois, Malik Henry and J.J. Cosentino. Maguire has prior starting experience, which figures to help his case when healthy, but Fisher has put everyone on high alert this spring. For now, don’t expect players to be choosing sides.

“They’re completing passes, they’re making the throws,” Florida State safety Derwin James said. “The best man is going to win. They all look good though, and I like all of them.”

Of course, there is no reason to rush any decision on such a key position. Fisher is stressing the importance of competition this spring, and now is as good a time as any to give these quarterbacks a chance to prove themselves while Maguire sits on the sideline rehabbing his ankle. Look for that to continue this spring and take center stage in the upcoming spring game in Orlando, and then carry over to the summer.

Uncle Luke, coach trade Twitter barbs over 5-star FSU decommit

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On the field the Florida State-Miami rivalry is a shadow of its former self, with the Seminoles winning five straight; six of seven; and nine of 11.  The last time the Hurricanes won at least two in a row in the series was the end of a six-game winning streak that ran from 2000-2004.

Off the field and in the social media arena?  The rivalry is alive and well.

Late Tuesday morning, five-star 2016 tight end Isaac Nauta, the highest-rated offensive commit, along with quarterback Malik Henry, in FSU’s class next year, announced via Twitter that he had decided to decommit from FSU and reopen his recruitment.  In his tweet missive, he took what some took to be a vague slap at the current “culture” around the FSU football program, writing that “I have decommitted to make sure that I make the best possible decision for my future in becoming a man and developing as a student-athlete.”

To add insult to injury, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, an unabashed and very public supporter of Miami football, took to the same social media website to take a jab at the FSU assistant who would’ve been/will be Nauta’s position coach, tight ends coach Tim Brewster.

Brewster, of course, responded with a reference to the date of the next meeting between the in-state rivals.

FSU, incidentally, is still ranked third for the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com.  The U, meanwhile, is ranked seventh.

As for 6-4, 235-pound Florida native Nauta’s future?  Florida, Georgia, Michigan and USC are all schools that are listed as “High” in the interest category.

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Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson takes MVP honors in Elite 11

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It looks as though Ole Miss is bringing in a very talented and highly-respected quarterback in the Class of 2016. Shea Patterson, a five-star dual-threat quartreback from Shreveport, Louisiana was named the MVP of the Elite 11 camp in Oregon this week. Patterson finished in first place among the 25 quarterbacks invited to the high-profile football camp at Nike’s headquarters, and headlined the final Elite 11 class.

Maybe Texas has found a good quarterback as well. Longhorns commit, and four-star recruit, Shane Buechele finsihed in second place during the week. Other quarterbacks receiving elite status were KJ Costello (Stanford), Jacob Eason (Georgia), Feleope Franks (LSU), Jarrett Guarantano (Tennessee), Dwayne Haskins (Maryland), Malik Henry (Florida State), Brandon McIlwain (South Carolina), Brandon Peters (Michigan) and Anthony Russo (Rutgers).

For those keeping score at home, that would be five Elite 11 quarterbacks heading to the SEC. Three are going to the Big Ten, and one each to the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.