CODY FAJARDO, QUARTERBACK
The sophomore dual threat isnt Colin Kaepernick (now starting for the 49ers), but he brings a similar dimension to this offense.
He ranks third in the Mountain West in pass efficiency with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ranks seventh in the league in rushing with 90 yards per game and 10 TDs.
The guy can run, Boise State linebackers coach Bob Gregory said. Obviously they had a guy like Colin Kaepernick, you can see what hes doing at the next level. And this guy is in that same mold. He makes that offense tick.
Fajardo hasnt been as productive since missing a game and a half with an injury. But he rushed for 186 yards and tossed three touchdown passes in the Packs last game. It set him back a little bit, coach Chris Ault said of the injury. Hes healthy now.
STEFPHON JEFFERSON, RUNNING BACK
Jefferson ranks second in the nation with 142.2 rushing yards per game and tied for third with 126 points (21 touchdowns).
In the first five games of the season, the junior rushed for at least 135 yards in each contest amassing a total of 877 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He has 687 yards and nine TDs in the six games since.
Hes done a nice job for us and been fairly consistent with his ball-carrying, coach Chris Ault said. He continues every week to get better at something.
Jefferson is the latest in a line of highly productive running backs in Aults system. He needs 169 yards to break the schools single-season record. Weve had all kinds, Ault said. A tough kid who can go north and south thats been probably the most consistent thing we look for.
BROCK HEKKING, DEFENSIVE END
The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder has been the Wolf Packs top playmaker on defense. He leads the team with seven sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. He also is third on the team with 68 tackles and has forced two fumbles.
That was our most inexperienced group, coach Chris Ault said of the ends. Theyve been inconsistent through the year. Were still trying to push that level of play. We played much better against New Mexico. Brock is one of those guys, he has done nothing but improve since the first of the year.
Hekking, a sophomore, is complemented by redshirt freshman Lenny Jones at the other end. Jones is second on the team with five sacks and seven TFLs. One thing that you always know about Nevada, theyre a very physical team, Boise State running backs coach Keith Bhonapha said.