San Jose State quarterback David Fales had a long journey to make it to this point in his senior season with the Spartans. Fales began his career at Nevada as a redshirt and when Colin Kapernick began to be the man under the pistol offense he elected to transfer. Fales elected to go to Monterey Peninsula College for a year before landing at San Jose State for his junior season in 2012.
San Jose State is not known for being even competitive in football, but Fales along with wide receiver Noel Grisby, future NFL Draft pick David Quessenberry and defensive back Bene Benwikere led the way with an 11-2 season, the school's best in a very long time.
2013 brings a new set of challenge for Fales, who is also considered a first round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, to prove that 2012 was not a fluke. Fales is on the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien watch lists, plus consider that San Jose State is a contender in the West division of the Mountain West things can get unwieldily for Fales.
At Mountain West media days, Fales said that the pressure does not get to him:
"You've got to know what it took to get you there and it'll be gone if you don't keep performing," Fales said. "You've just got to keep winning and stay level and keep grinding."
Staying focus is key and despite Fales getting sent press clippings, he understands that if he wins then everything will be fine.
One note about Fales that was unknown until this point is that when he was deciding on a school to go to after junior college he wanted to make sure he gets to play Nevada and Wyoming. Nevada because that is where he started his career, and Wyoming because the school wanted to him to walk-on and be a fail safe to Brett Smith. Playing those two schools provide some extra motivation for Fales.