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Kevin Faulk, the all-time leading rusher in LSU history, might be headed back to Baton Rouge.

An LSU football legend might be on his way back to Baton Rouge

Nick Suss

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Legends of the Faulk

Three-time Super Bowl champion and LSU’s all-time leading rusher Kevin Faulk might be on his way back to Baton Rouge. According to various media reports, first from Football Scoop, LSU is set to bring Faulk on as a director of player development, an off-field advisory role comparable to the one LSU basketball hired Tasmin Mitchell for this offseason.

In four years as LSU’s running back, Faulk rushed for 4,557 yards and 46 touchdowns, both LSU records. The New England Patriots drafted Faulk in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and Faulk played for the Pats his entire NFL career, through the 2011 season.

Since Faulk has spent time working as a coach at Carencro High School in Lafayette, the NCAA will have to approve the hire before it can become official. If it does, LSU won’t be able to sign any scholarship players or bring on any walk-ons from Carencro for two years in accordance with a new NCAA rule.

Bringing on Faulk would be an interesting step for this program. He would be a filling a role that doesn’t yet exist, so it’s hard to define what he’d be doing. But on name alone, bringing in someone like Faulk to develop players seems like a smart decision. If anyone knows what it’s like to develop a football player, it should be the former All-American who played a decade for the greatest coach in NFL history.

Numerology

Earlier in the week, we discussed the impending handoff of No. 18, LSU’s most hallowed jersey number. But LSU’s other honored number, No. 7, will also be changing hands this year.

Wide receiver DJ Chark has hinted in the past that he has a plan for who he’ll pass it down to. But he’s never given a timetable. Until Wednesday, perhaps.

We have no idea how soon “soon” will be. But Chark has picked his successor. Whether it will be another offensive star such as Chark or Leonard Fournette before him, or the number will go back to defense as it was for Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson, is yet to be seen.

If we had to put down guesses, defense makes the most sense. Greedy Williams and Devin White seem like natural fits for the playmaker card. But we’ll see. LSU does have plenty of options.

Must-see video of the week

Former LSU coach Les Miles learned what a fidget spinner is on Wednesday. And he seemed to enjoy it way more than anyone would’ve expected.

Take a look:

ICYMI

LSU news never sleeps. In case you missed anything, here are some of the biggest headlines from Wednesday:

Old man, look at my life

No one on the LSU football team is older than former minor league baseball player and current punter Zach Von Rosenberg. Something his teammates like to point out to him as often as they can.

Just take this Twitter exchange between Von Rosenberg and defensive end Breiden Fehoko.

Fehoko doesn’t have to worry about paying for health insurance. He’s not old enough to have to get off his parents’ plan. But Von Rosenberg laughed that off.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Jan. 18 is “National Thesaurus Day.” So dust off your books (or use the internet like everyone else) and learn some new words.

You never know when using a thesaurus might come in handy. Like, writing a letter of recommendation for your friends, for example.

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