College Football: Nevada's Cody Fajardo Fills Colin Kaepernick's Shoes

Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIIJanuary 31, 2013

Could it be? Another outstanding dual threat QB at Nevada?
Could it be? Another outstanding dual threat QB at Nevada?Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Colin Kaepernick's rise to elite NFL status has been well documented. Overlooked for most of his career at Nevada, Kaepernick's talent is astonishing and very rare.

Or is it? Is it possible there is another tremendous dual-threat QB quietly racking up offense at Nevada? It certainly appears so. Sophomore Cody Fajardo is producing at a level that rivals Kaepernick's.

Consider these stats. In two seasons, Fajardo has rushed for 2,056 yards and 23 TDs while passing for 4,493 yards and 26 TDs. 

If he stays healthy and his production continues at this rate, he will finish with some 9,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards passing. That will put him among the most productive dual threats in NCAA history, just behind Kaepernick. 

The 6' 2" 205-pound QB was one of only three sophomores invited to the Manning passing camp.

In 2011, he earned Freshman of the Year honors from the Western Athletic Conference and was twice named WAC Offensive Player of the Week. This is especially impressive considering that Nevada now has a tougher schedule in the Mountain West Conference. 

Fajardo is a very exciting player who had a tooth knocked out during his first campaign. I watched as he picked it up, brought it to the sideline and returned to play. This is one tough kid! 

As unlikely as it may seem, it appears that the University of Nevada Wolf Pack may produce two of the best dual threats in NCAA history, one right after the other. Keep your eyes on Fajardo. He may be the next Kaepernick.