Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
QB Cody Fajardo
Cody Fajardo. Cody Fajardo. Cody Fajardo.
Expect UCLA's defense to hear that name repeatedly during the preparation for the Bruins' opener because Fajardo is one of the top dual-quarterbacks on the West Coast, as well as in the nation.
Fajardo threw for 2,786 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2012 and rushed for 1,121 yards and 12 more touchdowns. He's incredibly elusive and has a stronger arm than most realize.
Another interesting subplot is that Fajardo is a native of southern California, prepping at Servite High School in Anaheim. He will surely want to perform well in front of his family and friends at the Rose Bowl.
While Fajardo will be in the backfield, the Wolf Pack suffered a big loss in seeing tailback Stefphon Jefferson leave early for the NFL. Jefferson, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Titans, rushed for 1,883 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.
In his place will most likely be JuCo transfer Don Jackson. Jackson is a bigger, physical back who runs with power. He was the first-string back on Neveda's post-spring depth chart.
Fortunately for Nevada, the Wolf Pack return their top three receivers from a year ago, including stud wideout Brandon Wimberly.
Wimberly led Nevada with 845 yards receiving last season. Tight end Kolby Arendse is also a veteran target who will present mismatches. Additionally, the majority of the offensive line will be returning from a season ago.
The strength of Nevada's team will undoubtedly be it's offense. Nevada has finished in the top-10 nationally in total offense in each of the past six seasons.
It wouldn't be a shock to see that trend continue.