David Fales is used to breaking San Jose State records, so it was only natural that he ended a 26-year drought when the quarterback was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Fales, who was chosen No. 183 overall, is the first Spartans' signal-caller to be drafted since Mike Perez in 1988 and just the fourth since the AFL-NFL merger.

"It's an honor," Fales said. "I'm excited to be representing San Jose State."

The school's record holder in every significant passing category, most notably career and single-season marks for passing yards and touchdowns, Fales heads to Chicago to compete to be a backup to entrenched, but injury-prone starter Jay Cutler.

"I've just got make the best me and understand my role," Fales said. "Prepare as if I'm going to play because if it did happen, you don't want to be where you weren't prepared."

The Bears were one of seven teams Fales met with during the pre-draft process. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh worked him out privately in San Jose.

Fales has trained previously under Bears backup Jordan Palmer and is looking forward to working with coach Marc Trestman.

"They call him the 'Quarterback Whisperer'," Fales said of Trestman. "With what he did with (Josh) McCown last year, I'm really excited. It's an honor to be selected by them and get a chance to compete."


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Fales watched the draft with his friends and family at a restaurant in Salinas, but stepped away just before the Bears called.

"I went to the bathroom and the phone rang," Fales said. "I was in the other room, then all of a sudden it popped up and they were all excited."

Fales will look to become the first San Jose State quarterback since Jeff Garcia to play in the NFL. Garcia, who was a Spartan from 1991-93, went undrafted out of SJSU before carving out an 11-year NFL career that included four Pro Bowl appearances.

Fales, who came to SJSU after one redshirt season at Nevada and two seasons at Monterey Peninsula College, finished his career with 8,382 passing yards and 66 touchdowns. His two seasons were nearly identical statistically. In 2012, he passed for 4,193 yards and 33 touchdowns and followed that up with 4,189 yards and 33 scores.

Fales heads to a team with a general manager Phil Emery who recently went on record as being skeptical of developing late-round quarterbacks into starters.

"Most of the starters in this league come from the first and second round," Emery said in a recent ESPN.com story."So that's where you need to take a quarterback. So when you talk about quarterback every year, they have to be somebody that you truly believe will beat out the second and third quarterback that you perceive on your roster. And if not, history shows that you shouldn't make that pick."

Fales said he wasn't aware of and isn't phased by those comments.

"He didn't talk to me about that," Fales said. "That doesn't affect me. I can't control that. I'm going to make the best me. I'm very excited for them to give me this opportunity to compete."

Network analysts were quick to offer praise of Fales' selection.

"Ball placement, I think with David Fales, is excellent," ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said. "To me, intermediate area, short area, his ball placement was as good as it gets. "

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian mocked some of the criticisms of Fales while lauding his ability.

"He's too small, he's too slow, he doesn't have a good arm," Polian cracked. "All he does is throw touchdowns."

ESPN's Todd McShay offered more positive reviews.

"He has fast eyes and he can go through progressions," McShay said. "He has quick feet. He's a competitor and he's going to come in and work his tail off. "

Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network was also mostly positive in his assessment.

"Fales, to me, goes through his progressions and throws with anticipation, right up there with the top guys in the draft," Jeremiah said. "But what he lacks is physical arm talent to fit balls in very tiny windows. Just a little bit limited from that standpoint. But you want a guy who can think the game and make the correct decisions, the ball goes where it's supposed to go? That's David Fales."

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