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Kevin Faulk: Pats' Invaluable Spare Part

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Kevin Faulk seethed on the LSU sideline. "There's nothing we can do about the last play," Mike Haywood told him. This was 1998, Faulk's senior season. The Tigers were in South Bend, In., and Notre Dame's Lamont Bryant had just returned a fumble -- Faulk's fumble -- for a touchdown. "Alright," Haywood remembers Faulk saying, "I got something for ‘em."

Then Faulk set his jaw, returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, and moved on. LSU lost the game 39-36, but Faulk finished with 108 rushing yards. By that point, Haywood, Faulk's running backs coach at LSU, was used to his star pupil going off.

"That's how he was," said Haywood, who's now the head coach at Miami of Ohio. "That's how he reacted." Always.

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