David Fales Interview
Sr / San Jose State / QB

Updated - 7-5-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

David Fales:  I am 6’2.  I am between 217 to 220 pounds.  I haven’t run the forty in awhile.  I ran a 4.8 when I was 10 pounds heavier.  I am lighter and faster now.   

Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

David Fales:  There was interest from Nevada, San Jose State, Oregon State, Utah, Kansas State and UC Davis.  Boise State was there for a little bit until they offered Southwick.  

Alex Khvatov:  What made you choose the University of Nevada?

David Fales:  They offered me.  They were very interested.  It seemed like a good fit for me.  I decided to go with it.  Coach Ault wanted to go strictly with a passing offense.  Kaepernick was already there when I got there.  He was doing well.

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you decide to transfer to a community college? 

David Fales:  When I got to Nevada for fall camp, I ran the zone read.  I wasn’t successful.  I didn’t feel that it was the best fit.  I had to make the best decision for me.  I decided to go to a JC.  It was the best choice for me.  I had a previous relationship with a junior college.     

Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your career at Monterey Peninsula Community College. 

David Fales:  I rotated in and out of the starting lineup for my first five games during the first year.  Then I became the starter, and we went 4-1 during my last five games.  I was a starter for the whole year during my second season.  We had an 8-3 overall record.  We were co-conference champs.  My brother played QB at a rival school.  He beat me during my second year.  We went to the bowl game and lost by three points.  

Alex Khvatov:  How did you wind up at San Jose State? 

David Fales:  Coach Malley talked to me before the season when I was still at a JC.  He said that they are monitoring the Tate Forcier’s situation.  They were waiting for his decision.  Ryan Katz went to San Diego State.  I had another offer from Indiana State, but San Jose seemed like the right fit at the time.     

Alex Khvatov:  Your first ever collegiate start at San Jose State was against Stanford, what were you feeling before and during the game?

David Fales:  I didn’t find out that I was the starter until the week before.  I didn’t know that I would start.  I got my mind right.  I realized during the first couple of series of the game that we can play with these guys.  They are human.  We can compete.  We realized how good we were.  It was definitely frustrating to lose to them.  We didn’t make a couple of plays that could have changed the outcome of the game.  We learned from that game.  It got us ready for the rest of the year.   

Alex Khvatov:  You went 11-2 during your junior season, how great was it to be a part of such a successful season at San Jose State?

David Fales:  It was exciting.  The team struggled the previous three years.  I was excited for the seniors.  They went to a bowl game, and we won.  I was more pumped for them.  This is everything they worked for, and they earned it.

Alex Khvatov:  What did you learn from your former coach Mike MacIntyre?

David Fales:  One thing is he kept us focused.  He told us to never look past the next week.  He told us to stay focused on the next game at hand.  He felt that we had to get better today.  We had to stay in the now and not look past an opponent. 

Alex Khvatov:  What have you learned about your team after the spring?

David Fales:  We have a lot of guys coming back.  We have a lot of experience.  We lost some key leaders.  We need more people to step up into the leadership role.  I have all four receivers and four offensive linemen coming back.  We have a lot of talented running backs.  I am excited.  I can’t wait. 

Alex Khvatov:  How have you adjusted to the new offensive scheme?

David Fales:  Good.  We have a younger coaching staff now.  But we are running a similar offense.  The terminology is different, but it is the same offense.  Spring was an adjustment period for us.  We are getting all of the kinks out.  We definitely had to adjust.  It might be the same play, but they are calling it differently.  It has been really good.  Offensive coaches have done a great job.   

Alex Khvatov:  What are your team and individual goals for this upcoming season?

David Fales:  Individually, I want to be in the 70% completion range again.  I want to throw less picks than last year.  As a team, we want to win the Mountain West title and go to a bowl game.      

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?

David Fales:  I think that I make good decisions.  I am well prepared.  I play faster on the field because of my preparation.  It allows me to be accurate.     

Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

David Fales:  Working on my deep ball.  Last year, I felt that I could have done better with it.  I need to give receivers a chance to make plays.  I need to set my feet quicker in the pocket.  I need to get on the same page with the new coaching staff.   I need to get my legs stronger. 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career?

David Fales:  The win against San Diego State.  We pulled out the win in the fourth quarter against them.  The bowl game was pretty good too.  

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

David Fales:  I don’t have a favorite team.  I like Drew Bress, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. 

Alex Khvatov:  If you had to pick one guy out of those three quarterbacks, who would you take?

David Fales:  That is tough to do.  Drew Brees is always the same.  He is always going to be prepared.  Tom Brady has a chip on his shoulder.  He plays mad and is always trying to prove a point.  Ben Roethlisberger always makes it happen.  He makes plays.  I would take the little stuff from all three of them.   

Alex Khvatov:  What does it feel like to play on the same team as your brother?

David Fales:  He was my backup in high school.  He played at a rival junior college.  I beat him at a JC my first year.  He beat me the second year.  We work out together.  It is fun.

Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your favorite target, WR Noel Grigsby. 

David Fales:  He was one of the captains last year.  He leads by example.  He is a good speaker when necessary.  He always steps up when we need to make a play.  He is unbelievable on the field.  He has a mindset that he will never lose.  He makes some crazy catches.  He goes up and gets the ball.  I am excited to throw to him again this year.   

Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about playing college football?

David Fales:  It’s different coming from a JC.  It is a lot better overall playing in Division I.  The whole thing is fun.   

Alex Khvatov:  What does it take to be a leader?

David Fales:  I am always trying to get better at it.  I am not the most vocal guy.  I lead by example.  I work hard.  I am trying to run with the receivers.  I am pushing myself in the weight room.  You have to be that guy.  I took on a bigger leadership role this year compared to last year.   

Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

David Fales:  I play Xbox.  I like to play NBA2K 13.  I go to the movies.  I go to the beach.  I started playing golf lately. 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you want to do with your life after your football career is over?  

David Fales:  I always wanted to be a firefighter.  I want to go to a fire academy right after football.  Eventually, I see myself getting into coaching or into sports psychology.  I really like it.  I picked psychology as my major.     

Alex Khvatov:  What makes you unique?

David Fales:  I am shy.  I don’t enjoy talking in front of huge crowds.  My heart starts pumping really fast in front of a group of people.  I don’t have a problem talking to my team on the field. 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, David Fales is….

David Fales:  Relentless, hard-working and persistent. 


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