LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- It takes more than nine games to build a hall of fame résumé, but San Jose State quarterback David Fales is off to a good start.

The first-year Spartan enters Saturday's game at New Mexico State (1-8, 0-4 Western Athletic Conference) within striking distance of two major single-season school passing records.

Fales, a junior, is 410 yards shy of Mike Perez's 1987 passing yards record and four touchdowns away from Steve Clarkson's 1981 passing touchdown mark. Both record holders are in SJSU's Sports Hall of Fame.

"It's exciting to be even mentioned with those guys. Those are guys I look up to," said Fales, a Palma High-Salinas product who transferred to SJSU from Monterey Peninsula College. "It's my name, but it's not me. I've got the best group of receivers and O-line."

With three regular season games and a potential bowl game left, Fales is on pace to break every significant SJSU single-season passing record. If the Spartans (7-2, 3-1) play 13 games, Fales projects to pass for 4,117 yards and 30 touchdowns.

His passer rating of 165.7 would break SJSU Hall of Famer Jeff Garcia's single-season record of 160.1 and his 72.7 completion percentage would shatter Adam Tafralis' record of 65.6. Fales is also in line to break season records for completions, pass attempts and total offense.

"It's been amazing what he's been able to do in the short amount of time that he's been here," said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Lindgren. "Just to be able to make the decisions he's been making consistently I think has been the most impressive thing."

His leadership skills set him apart.

"All the kids respect him. He does well off the field, in the classroom, has no ego and is very personable," SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre said. "All those other intangibles have made him have the special year he's having so far. Because a lot of people can throw, a lot of people can move in the pocket, but having all those qualities is a tribute to his character."

His circuitous route to SJSU is well documented. He signed with Nevada out of high school and spent his redshirt year in Reno. It wasn't the right fit and he transferred to MPC. Two years of success landed him with the Spartans and he couldn't be happier with how it worked out.

"I don't really stop and think about it but when you do it's like, 'Wow. What was I thinking a year ago and where I'm at today, it's pretty amazing,' " Fales said. "I'm happy, but there's still a lot more to go."

If he stays healthy, Fales should eclipse all of the single-season marks this year and possibly make a run at some of the career marks next year. If all that happens, it's not a stretch to think he could go down as one of the best quarterbacks in SJSU history.

For now that may be premature, but Fales will likely enjoy the experience. He qualifies as one of the better personalities on the practice field.

"I try to be a little enthusiastic and exciting because you come out here and it can be boring doing the same things every day," Fales said. "You've got to mess around and have fun. We're a group of guys that gets along really well and we all have good relationships, so it's fun coming out here."

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