Chris Petersen has done some remarkable things since taking over the head coaching job at Boise State in 2006. In his seven seasons in Boise he has led the Broncos to an 84-8 record, five conference championships and five bowl victories with two of those being Fiesta Bowls.
Add to all of that the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award once and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award twice, and you have an incredible list of accomplishments and accolades.
However, one of the most impressive and sometimes overlooked achievements that Petersen has brought to the table is his ability not only to build up excellent football players, but to pick, plant and promote hand-selected assistant coaches who seem to excel under Petersen's leadership.
Many of those same assistants have moved on after some success in Boise, but they have proved that what they learned under Petersen has equipped them for much more.
Let's look at a list of some of those coaches and what they are up to now.
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.
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