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Cody Fajardo

School

Nevada

Position
Quarterback
Major
Management

Classroom

Senior quarterback Cody Fajardo carries a cumulative GPA of 3.159 at Nevada as a major in Management. In his last semester, Fajardo earned a 3.85 GPA. Fajardo has one course to complete before receiving his degree in December.

Character

Fajardo is almost always the first player to sign up for volunteer work. As a to-be four-year starter and two-year captain, he is a leader to young players on the team. Through a strong work ethic, positive attitude and relentless dedication, Fajardo has been a major role model on the team since his freshman season. Fajardo is as well-regarded off the field as he is on it.

Community

Fajardo has been involved in numerous community service projects, frequently reading to school children in class, helping at a soup kitchen and staffing multiple youth sports camps. Fajardo has made many trips to area hospitals to visit with sick or injured children, such as the victims of the Sparks Middle School shooting. Fajardo arranged a dodgeball tournament to fund raise for Relay For Life, and also played in a tournament and donated items for a young girl with cerebral palsy. Last year, Fajardo attending a gift wrapping event at the hospital, spoke during career day at a local middle school and staffed the Wolf Pack Women’s Sports Day. Recently, Fajardo spoke at a Pop Warner Banquet and trained aspiring young quarterbacks over the summer.

Competition

Fajardo is the only returning FBS player with 7,000 career passing yards and 2,000 career rushing yards. Prior to the 2014 season, Fajardo has been named to the watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award, Manning Award and CFPA Quarterback Trophy. Fajardo returns for his senior season at Nevada ranking third in total offense (9,597), fifth in career completions (639), seventh in career attempts (943), eighth in career rushing touchdowns (31) and passing yards (7,161), 10th in career rushing yards (2,436) and 11th in career passing touchdowns (39). This summer, Fajardo participated in the Manning Passing Academy for a third straight season.

As a junior, Fajardo started in 10 games and completed 243-of-358 passes for 2,688 yards and 13 touchdowns. Fajardo had a breakout sophomore season in 2012, throwing for 2,786 yards and 20 touchdowns. As a true freshman, Fajardo took over the starting role in week five and completed 68 percent of his passes on the season.

A dual-threat quarterback, Fajardo is considered to be one of the most exciting players in program history - among the ranks of Colin Kaepernick.