Skip to main content

San Jose State QB David Fales a major challenge for Gophers

  • Author:
  • Updated:

San Jose State won't be a walk in the park for the Gophers on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. In fact, the Gophers are only favored by four points.

The Spartans won 11 games in 2012, and they still have the quarterback that led them to all 11 wins.

David Fales is his name and completing passes is his game. Fales led the nation with a 72.5-percent completion rate last season, and he has a chance be taken in the first-round of next year's NFL Draft.

"We'll have to step our game up," Gophers coach Jerry Kill told the Pioneer Press. "It's pretty much similar going into the Big Ten schedule. This is a game that's really good for us because we're going to play a quarterback who most people come through here from the NFL feel like is going to be a first-round draft pick. He throws the back-shoulder throw as good as anybody in the country."

Fales threw for nearly 4,200 yards and 33 touchdowns last season.

While Fales is orchestrating the Spartans' offense, it's likely that redshirt freshman Mitch Leidner will be leading the Gophers. That's a matchup that doesn't favor Minnesota.

Note worth knowing: Fales, at one time, was the backup quarterback to Colin Kaepernick at Nevada. Kaepernick is now the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 7.04.37 PM

LIVE UPDATES: Dangerous storms move through Twin Cities

We'll have live updates as the storms move through the metro.


Tornado watch issued in Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

The watch will remain in place until midnight.

Wild fox.

Wild fox in Minnesota tests positive for highly contagious avian flu

This is the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a wild mammal in the state, the Department of Natural Resources said.

New COVID-19 testing site in Midway neighborhood.

New COVID-19 testing site in St. Paul; 3 others to close as cases rise

Testing sites in Stillwater, Hutchinson, and St. Paul are closing as part of moves to adjust testing resources.

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 4.47.49 PM

St. Joseph man dies in motorcycle crash

The 27-year-old motorcyclist struck a curb, causing him to lose control before he crashed.


Downtown bike day—city biking at its best!

Move Minneapolis and ABC Ramps Mobility invite you to come along for the ride at Target Plaza on June 1, 2022

Anthony Skelley

Charges: South St. Paul teen killed during apparent marijuana sale

The individual accused of killing Skelley is a 17-year-old from St. Paul.

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards among NBA stars in Adam Sandler's Netflix film, 'Hustle'

The Timberwolves point guard stars alongside other NBA players LeBron James, Trae Young, Juancho Hernangomez and more.

police lights

Armed man found barricaded inside Brooklyn Park home, negotiators on scene

An active police presence remains in the area as negotiators speak with the suspect.

Anthony Skelley

17-year-old South St. Paul homicide victim is identified

The medical examiner determined that Skelley died of multiple gunshot wounds.

tornado, severe weather

Tornado watch issued in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska

Severe storms are expected to push into southwest Minnesota this afternoon.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.08.37 AM

Korean chicken chain Bonchon's 6th MN location set to open

The South Korean-based franchise has steadily increased its presence across the country.