Long time New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk is back on the field. He’s spent the last two seasons at his alma mater as the Tiger’s director of player development. He’ll now get a little closer to the action as the team’s running backs coach.
He was an All American in high school, and an All American at LSU. He’d leave college behind only Herschel Walker in rushing yards in the SEC all time. After being selected three times to the All SEC team he’d be taken in the second round by the New England Patriots. At a short and stout 5’8″, he’d average 4.2 yards per carry through his 12 year career, but one might argue he was more effective in the passing game as one of Tom Brady‘s safety nets. He’d haul in 431 catches for 3,701 yards, putting him about 100 yards ahead of his rushing total for his career.
Kevin would win three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots before retiring and becoming a member of the New England Patriot Hall of Fame. I remember Bill Belichick being very somber at the podium the day Faulk suffered his injury that marked the end of his playing days. He was a great player and also a great teammate.
Fresh off a National Championship, he’ll try to assist Head Coach Ed Orgeron’s offense back to the top of the SEC and College Football Playoffs. He’s got some spectacular talent to work with including 4 star freshman Tre Bradford, to go along with John Emery Jr.(5 star SO), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (3 star JR), Tyrion Davis-Prince (4 star SO), and 4 star Chris Curry (4 star JR) all returning. They had over 2,100 yards as a unit last year and I imagine they’ll continue to hand the ball off in 2020.
Love the move as it shows continuity and rewards an alumni with a promotion and an in house hire. Kevin Faulk was a solid pro and at 43, I hope his best coaching days are in front of him.