David Cornwell's tenure as Nevada quarterback began on Saturday, and ended on Tuesday.
Cornwell was one of the players vying for Alabama's quarterback job last season, but was eventually beat out by Blake Barnett, who was quickly supplanted by Jalen Hurts.
At the end of the season, he announced his transfer from the Crimson Tide, after brief appearances late in games against Kent State and Mississippi State. Cornwell did not record any stats in those two appearances. He was one of three quarterbacks to leave Alabama last season.
Cornwell wound up at Nevada, as the first player to commit to new head coach Jay Norvell. He played well in the spring, but was beaten out ahead of the season. After not playing through the first three weeks, he came in against Washington State, and the debut didn't go all that well. Cornwell was 13-for-25 for just 97 yards, and three interceptions. He also ran twice for a loss of nine yards.
After his first Wolf Pack appearance, Cornwell did not practice on Tuesday, and the team says he has requested his release. Norvell does not seem thrilled about it. From the Reno Gazette-Journal:
“The only thing I can say about that is since we’ve been here we’ve been trying to build a culture on competition, on unselfishness and on commitment and we want guys who are committed to that culture," Norvell said. "I think we were awfully good to him and helping him develop as a player. He got a chance to play last weekend. We invested a lot of practice and reps in helping him be a better player. I’m disappointed because I think, as a team, we invested a lot in him. But we’re excited and focused on the weekend and we had a great practice yesterday and we had a really good practice today. We’re excited for our conference opener.”
Nevada is 0-4 on the season. The team travels to Fresno State on Saturday.