San Jose State Spartans quarterback David Fales was not supposed to be a starting quarterback in the FBS. After not receiving a scholarship offer from any FBS programs, Fales decided to walk on at FCS Indiana State. However, San Jose State came in at the last minute to give the Salinas native Fales a scholarship and the rest is history. Last season, Fales shocked the football world by leading San Jose State to a 10-2 record and a number 24 ranking in the BCS.
In his first season at San Jose State, Fales threw for 4193 yards with 33 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Not only did Fales throw for a ton of yards but he was also the most accurate quarterback in the FBS. Although Fales put himself into position to be an early round draft pick he still was not taken seriously because of the weak completion in the now defunct WAC conference.
Fast forward to this season and you can see that David Fales has once again proved his critics wrong. The weak WAC schedule has been replaced with the tough MWC schedule. Highly touted head coach Mike MacIntyre left San Jose State to join Colorado and is replaced with University of San Diego head coach Ron Caragher. It looked like Fales’ Spartans were dead in the water after a 1-3 start but he has led them to three straight victories.
“I knew we had a lot of young guys but once we understood that if everyone is doing their job, it would work out. Utah State was a scary game, but these last couple of weeks, we have come together to figure it out and make it happen. The seniors came together and figured out what we need to do and turn it around. You have to buy in 100 percent,” explained Fales about the Spartans bad start.
On Saturday night, Fales got to exact revenge against a Wyoming squad that he once practiced with as a walk-on player. Even though the Spartans were down 16 points in the third quarter, Fales never lost his cool as he led the Spartans to a stunning come from behind victory. Fales finished the game with 482 yards and 5 touchdowns and probably made Wyoming regret letting him go without a scholarship offer.
“Our theme has been that no matter what happens, we’ll stick together. We had a rough first quarter, and we hurt ourselves a lot. But we made it happen. We had a lot of guys making plays and as an offense, we played really well. We have a lot of guys stepping up. It’s nice to get a W,” an exhausted Fales said after the game.
What has made Fales season so impressive this season is that he has put up big numbers with freshman receivers. The Spartans offense has been plagued with injuries all season long but Fales has not skipped-a-beat with players like Tyler Winston, Billy Freeman and Tim Crawley all stepping up.
If Fales can lead the 4-3 Spartans to another bowl game expect his stock to rise even higher. Although Fales is not going to wow you with his speed like the new generation of quarterbacks, Fales has the accuracy and intangibles of a young Drew Brees. Enjoy the chance to watch David Fales for a few more games Spartans fans because there might not be another Fales throwing the ball around Spartan stadium anytime soon.