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Best Of The Mountain West Prospects: Offense

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Quarterback Cody Fajardo excelled in Nevada's Pistol Offense in 2012, throwing for 20 TDs and rushing for 12 more, Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Quarterback Cody Fajardo excelled in Nevada's Pistol Offense in 2012, throwing for 20 TDs and rushing for 12 more, Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

6-2, 210 pounds

2012 season: 246-367, 67.0%, 2,786 yds., 20 TDs, 9 INT; 190 carries, 1,121 yds., 5.9 ypc, 12 TDs

The pistol offense has become the NFL’s new favorite weapon, but is it here to stay? Sure, as long as it is used sparingly during the course of a game. Cody Fajardo is the prototypical pistol quarterback but he is actually a better thrower than you’d think when glancing at his rushing statistics. He can sling it. His quick release alone will give him a shot to compete for a starting job in the NFL and his footwork on short drops is outstanding. He has exceptional arm strength, knowing when to throw a dart in a tight spot and when to add some touch on a deep pass.

The game-winning drive he led against Cal last year showed he is a leader and a commander behind center. He has the footwork and the arm to run a pro-style offense but it would be nice to keep the pistol in his repertoire because, man, can he run. And yes, he is a shorter version Colin Kaepernick.