• Starting Nevada QB Malik Henry benched to focus on academics

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    RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada football coach Jay Norvell says he's benching starting quarterback Malik Henry so he can focus on his studies.

    Norvell emphasized in a statement Tuesday the junior transfer who played at Florida State and Independence Community College in Kansas is not suspended.

    But he says he made the decision to take him off the field "so that he can continue to focus on academics and his life outside of football."

    Henry started the last two games for Nevada (4-3 overall, 3-1 Mountain West Conference), beating San Jose State and losing to Utah State. In three games this year, he has completed 54% of his passes for 593 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

    Norvell says Carson Strong, who has started four games, and Cristian Solano, who started one, will be Nevada's top quarterbacks heading into Saturday's game at Wyoming.

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