Riders QB Cody Fajardo joins Reno High School football coaching staff

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Call him coach Cody Fajardo for now.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ franchise man has accepted a position as quarterback coach with Reno High School in Nevada. He joins a first-year Huskies staff led by head coach Jason Ehlen.

“I’m just looking forward to being in that atmosphere and being able to coach and give my knowledge back to the kids in Reno,” Fajardo told Nevada Sports Net.

The Brea, California native played for Servite High School. During his senior season he led the Friars to a state championship and No. 3 ranking in the final national poll. He won the Glenn Davis Award in 2009 as the best high school football player in California.

Fajardo was a star at the University of Nevada from 2010 to 2014 and is one of only two players in NCAA history with over 9,000 yards passing (57 touchdowns) and 3,000 yards rushing (44 touchdowns) — Colin Kaepernick being the other. That’s where he met his wife, Laura.

The 28-year-old threw for 4,302 yards while completing over 71 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions in his first season as a No. 1 QB in the CFL. Fajardo used his legs for 611 yards and 10 touchdowns on 107 rushing attempts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

Fajardo was the West Division Most Outstanding Player and CFL all-star quarterback. The Riders rewarded Fajardo with a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season, which pays over $400,000 annually.

The Fajardo’s recently bought a home in Reno and he’s made it his off-season home.