LAS VEGAS -- The hype machine has been building around San José State's David Fales, but the Spartans' quarterback said he remains the same person.

"It's exciting for my friends and my mom and family, but for me, it never gets to me," Fales said. "I just stay focused."

Throughout the offseason, Fales has been placed on watch lists for the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award, the Maxwell Award and received plenty of national press hailing him as perhaps a first-round pick in next year's NFL draft.

He said people often send him links to various stories, some of which he'll read, but overall he doesn't focus on the attention.

"You've got to know what it took to get you there and it'll be gone if you don't keep performing," Fales said. "You've just got to keep winning and stay level and keep grinding."

Teammate Keith Smith, a senior linebacker, appreciates the way his quarterback has handled the recognition.

"One thing I respect about this guy is he's the same exact person that he was before," Smith said. "I feel like that's one of his strengths, his modesty and not getting ahead of himself and in to all the hype."

That doesn't mean his teammates don't harass they guy they now call "Mr. David Fales" a little bit.

"I can't go anywhere. They're all messing with me," Fales said. "They know it doesn't really get to me."

He won't have trouble finding motivation this season, despite all the predictions of success. In particular, he's looking forward to SJSU's home game against Wymong on Oct. 26 and road date at Nevada on Nov. 16.

Fales signed with Nevada out of high school and spent a redshirt year there before transferring when the Wolf Pack -- featuring current 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick -- began heavily using the Pistol formation and read-option plays.

He also spent some brief time at Wyoming after his first season at Monterey Peninsula College, but left when they only wanted him as a walk-on, essentially an insurance policy for current starter Brett Smith.

"When I was coming out of JC, I said, 'Wherever I go, I want to play at Nevada and at Wyoming.' I wanted to play at Wyoming, but it's fine, they can come here, too. That definitely fuels the fire."

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