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LSU hits double digits in early NFL departures

Chris Faulk

Would the last LSU underclassmen please hit the lights on the way out?

As first reported by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the father of offensive lineman Chris Faulk confirmed to WWL-TV that his son has decided to leave the Tigers and make himself available for the draft.  The dad said “the family left the decision completely up to Chris, and he filed his paperwork [for early entry into the draft] with the league today.”

LSU has yet to issue a release on Faulk’s future, although could be due to a backlog of early declarations.

The move is somewhat surprising as Faulk suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice the week after the 2012 opener.  In his first season as a starter in 2011, Faulk played well enough to earn second-team All-SEC honors as well as project as a potential first-round pick in the future.

As far as how he’s progressed from what was labeled as a significant injury, the Times-Picayune writes that “LSU Coach Les Miles said earlier in the season Faulk was ahead of his rehab schedule and would be ready for spring practice.”  How the injury will impact his draft stock remains unclear.

With Faulk’s apparent departure, there are now 10 Tigers with eligibility remaining who have decided to forego it for the NFL.  Included in that total are six defensive starters.  Below is the complete list of what’s believed to be a record number of underclassmen departures for a single school in a single year:

Chris Faulk, offensive lineman
Michael Ford, running back
— Bennie Logan, defensive lineman
— Barkevious Mingo, defensive lineman
— Kevin Minter, linebacker
— Sam Montgomery, defensive lineman
— Eric Reid, defensive back
— Tharold Simon, defensive back
Spencer Ware, running back
Brad Wing, punter

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33 Responses to “LSU hits double digits in early NFL departures”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jan 9, 2013 8:03 PM

    It’s like Clemson broke LSU… Why is Alabama’s schedule already getting easier?

  2. rsmeans says: Jan 9, 2013 8:27 PM

    Before Saban LSU was a second tier team in the SEC. They are obviously are finished as an elite team and shall lose 4 or 5 games next year and be a non factor in the SEC. TAM will beat them unmericefully in Death Valley and Alabama will destroy them in Tuscaloosa. They will also lose to Florida and UGA and maybe Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi.

  3. rsmeans says: Jan 9, 2013 8:28 PM

    Everybody abandons a sinking ship.

  4. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 9, 2013 8:45 PM


    LSU has always recruited top tier talent… All the way back to the days of Jerry D. Look it up.

  5. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 9, 2013 8:49 PM

    Gerry D.

  6. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 9, 2013 9:23 PM

    Maybe these guys are ready to take their talents to the NFL to make money. I wouldn’t call it an abandoned ship. If that was the case we wouldn’t have just as many jumping on it as it went down. Reloading is what we do. Still gonna be the main obstacle in bamas run next year. Bama will whip a&m at home. Don’t think they’ll forget about that fluke this year.

  7. jonjac114 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:44 PM

    Seriously why is everybody downing Lsu…look at the young talent on this team…nuff said

  8. canehouse says: Jan 9, 2013 11:45 PM

    Guess they watched the BCS game too… wonder how many of these were tired of hitting the books?

  9. lew24 says: Jan 10, 2013 12:54 AM

    When was the last time a punter declared for the draft?

    Miles has a lot of talent to replace!

  10. infrno says: Jan 10, 2013 2:08 AM

    It’s funny to see the Les/LSU haters continue to spout stupid shit. Um, none of this was exactly surprising, and no one is “jumping ship”. It’s just a testament to the level of talent that LSU continues to have, and these guys know that they can now get paid, and possibly set themselves and their families up for life.

    Only the truly moronic would do, or presume someone else would do, otherwise.

    Yes, that was an insult.

  11. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 10, 2013 2:08 AM

    LSU is so deep that I dont feel like theres gonna be that much a drop off. Still have Chavis and its his schemes that make the difference. He has the players in place to do what he wants. If I was Miles Id hire an OC instead of letting the O Line coach pull double duty. And we have a punter already, rugby player like Wing, that punted in the Peach Bowl. People are predicting a fall from grace when all we need is a couple plays go the other way and were a championship team again.

  12. infrno says: Jan 10, 2013 2:10 AM

    @ rsmeans – be ready to admit how stupid you truly are in about 9 months.

  13. infrno says: Jan 10, 2013 2:23 AM

    @ johnclaytonsponytail

    Basically 2 plays is about right, and we’d have the trophy this year instead of Alabama. The one and only coach that has a winning record against Miles is Saban, and it’s by exactly one win, and that last one was solely at the foot of….Chavis. Don’t misunderstand, I love Chavis and don’t ever want him to leave, but these people that act as if Les sucks are just beyond retarded. First it was “well he won a championship with Nick’s talent” (let’s forget that the EXACT SAME ARGUMENT could have been said of Nick while at LSU – he won with DiNardo’s talent). Sorry, but I was here, Nick is a far better coach now than he was then, as our team often underperformed and needed LOTS of help the one year we did win it under his coaching (anyone remember the Kentucky game that year? I do).

    Les actually took Nick’s team and made it better in one year, just as he did in Oklahoma. He’s a bit quirky and unconventional, but setting aside the Great Saban (now), tell me another coach that would be better? Dude from Oregon? That Les beat the hell out of on a neutral site and has yet to actually win anything? Dude from Oklahoma, that hasn’t won squat in years? Dude from Texas, that is at the end of his career and hasn’t also done shit facing inferior scheduling in years?


  14. suprmous says: Jan 10, 2013 3:34 AM

    It’s ignorant fools like rsmeans who I still contend don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. Your knowledge of LSU is very limited as it appears from what you post, you make no sense what so ever, you’re filled with distain for not only the football program but others who support LSU as well. Does it ever dawn on you to look up facts before you speak, think of what you’re goin to say before openin your mouth, do you bother to think that others have had successes and losin efforts at LSU besides L’il Nicky Saban? Pal, one thing’s for sure you don’t know of what you speak of. And if I may be so bold to ask, do you think that you could do LSU’s program better leading them with your way of thinkin? And before your pea brain has time to have a brain surge let me just say to you and those who think like you do, when all around you is winnin and you still hold an argument that it’s a fluke try tellin that to the players that just won the game.

  15. gator2006 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:51 AM

    Everyone needs to get off of Bama’s jock. Y’all realize that they were one OT away from missing out on the NCG to Oregon, right? Also, they lost a game to A&M and could have easily lost to UGA. They are not undefeated and are nowhere near legendary.

  16. 35longmiles says: Jan 10, 2013 6:16 AM

    infrno says:
    Jan 10, 2013 2:23 AM
    Basically 2 plays is about right, and we’d have the trophy this year instead of Alabama.

    Drunk-dialing CFT is a terrible thing to do.

  17. canehouse says: Jan 10, 2013 7:48 AM

    Wait until underclassman bolt next season and the season after that… It becomes paramount to hit on most recruits… miss on some and your depth is gone. Also when some of your most coveted recruits flip in the 11th hour to another school… it also doesn’t rule! It happens… Be prepared.

  18. lostsok says: Jan 10, 2013 7:49 AM

    The LSU uni for 2013 is going to come with a “Hello, my name is _________” sticker.

  19. tlmoon2112 says: Jan 10, 2013 8:46 AM

    I don’t blame these kids for jumping ship. They got ripped off by the BCS last year and their football program has had a hangover of sorts from it. What incentive other then “youre going to need your education after football someday” do they have to stay for??

  20. tlmoon2112 says: Jan 10, 2013 8:50 AM

    @RSMEANS: I agree suprmous, you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  21. foreverlsu says: Jan 10, 2013 8:53 AM

    rsmeans says:Jan 9, 2013 8:27 PM

    Before Saban LSU was a second tier team in the SEC. They are obviously are finished as an elite team and shall lose 4 or 5 games next year and be a non factor in the SEC. TAM will beat them unmericefully in Death Valley and Alabama will destroy them in Tuscaloosa. They will also lose to Florida and UGA and maybe Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi.
    Laughable! Guess you overlooked the fact that LSU beat A&M, something Alabama could not do.
    Another top five recruiting class is coming in. Not a bad thing to lose third and fouth string running backs to the NFL. Obviously, it means recruiting is at a top level.

    Before Saban came to LSU, LSU was third in the SEC in conference titles, so …so much for that weak argument. Oh, and just to clue you in… Saban left EIGHT years ago, smart guy.

    You just won a natty, Bama fans; congratulations on a great season! Act like you’ve been there for once and quit acting like Updykes and Teabaggers.

  22. tgaustin says: Jan 10, 2013 9:30 AM

    It’s funny seeing SEC fan beat up on SEC fan!! Wait, does this make SEC posters the toughest posters in the Country????

  23. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 10, 2013 9:43 AM

    it is funny to see lsu lose so many players yet the media still have them as a preseaon top 5 team.

  24. florida727 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    Get one thing straight: LSU is, and likely always will be, an elite college football program.

    Players leaving early is no sign of disenchantment with the coaching staff, or anything else. It’s a natural progression to be expected when you recruit elite athletes.

    My problem with this exodus is more along the lines of this: how many of these players declaring early will actually have a “career” in the NFL? Secondarily, who the heck is advising these kids to leave early? Does anyone really believe ALL of these kids (from just ONE school) will be 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd round picks?

    I’ve experienced this first-hand as being a close family friend and advisor to a very highly recruited basketball player. I was basically detached from the family eventually because I refused to toe the proverbial “party line”. People tell these athletes exactly what they want to hear, instead of telling them what’s actually in their best interest to hear. All the hangers-on see NFL dollar signs, instead of what’s in the athlete’s LONG-TERM best interest.

    Everyone says staying in college is one blown knee from forfeiting a pro contract. Got news for you: a blown knee at the NFL level without a college education, and your options are reduced to saying “paper or plastic?” for a living. Get your degree.

  25. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 10, 2013 10:14 AM

    What was Alabama the few years (or more) before Saban came? Third tier? What garbage you spout rsmeans, just stupid garbage.

    The players I know who are exiting early for the NFL feel they need money for their families and themselves. I would have recommended they stay another season, but I don’t get a say. I wish them well and every success.

    New recruits coming in daily and they all will get the guarantee that they will see playing time in the game if they obey the team rules, learn the plays and progress in their position in practice.

    Ought to be a fun and entertaining season to come! Geaux Tigers!

  26. foreverlsu says: Jan 10, 2013 10:16 AM


    You make valid points. The only head scratcher on the list is Chris Faulk, who will be a late round pick due to the risk that he may not be fully recovered. But I can’t really blame him because the window may close on his NFL opportunity if he returns and has another injury.

    Mingo, Montgomery, Minter, Logan, Reid, and Simon are projected to be taken in the first or second round; the running backs would be no better than third string behind Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue and I don’t even count a punter even though his backup averaged 45 yds.

    There has been zero drop-off in LSU’s recruiting and in some cases the early departures have opened the door for some highly touted prospects to look differently at LSU as they recognize the opportunity to get on the field sooner. It also enhances LSU’s reputation for getting players to the NFL.

  27. infrno says: Jan 10, 2013 10:55 AM


    Mingo, Montgomery and Reid will go in the 1st round

    Logan and Minter will go late 1st-early 2nd

    Simon will go 2nd

    As already stated, Ford and Ware would probably have actually worsened their draft stock by coming back, Ware especially, as he would get almost no playing time with a healthy Alfred Blue added back in with Hill and Hilliard.

    Wing was expected to leave as well, and his backup will be just as good as he was.

    The only one that could have gone either way is Faulk. If he had been healthy all year he would have been a 1st round pick, but his injury left open the possibility that he would return. I’m guessing he’s concerned about getting hurt again.

  28. florida727 says: Jan 10, 2013 10:56 AM

    #foreverlsu, good points. Especially your last paragraph. If I’m a hotshot high school recruit, I’m looking for a program with a reputation for being an NFL pipeline, and an opportunity to play sooner rather than later. With that many Tigers leaving early, if I really am that good, this is an ideal place to show the pros what I can do. Besides that, you know you’re going to get NFL-caliber coaching from Miles, Chavis, and the rest of their staff.

    Remember, NFL rules mandate you have to be THREE YEARS out of high school to be draft eligible. If I’m a stud high schooler, I want to PLAY at least two of those three years… in a high visibility program. LSU obviously qualifies.

  29. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 10, 2013 11:59 AM

    No offense but LSU has lost 10 NFL caliber players & they have a ridiculously tough schedule next year. TCU, Georgia, and Bama on the road, Florida and A&M at home…

    3-2 across that stretch would be remarkable!!

  30. infrno says: Jan 10, 2013 1:01 PM


    I just noticed your last comment regarding them getting a degree. I respectfully disagree. These guys, by and large, aren’t going to make in 10 years what they would in 1 in the NFL making the league minimum. For the most part, the degrees they are “working” on are completely worthless in the real world. Hell, when close to half of most 4-year degrees by non-athletes are close to worthless right now, there is no way I’d recommend anyone with a good chance of getting drafted stay in school. School will always be there if they get injured and can’t play.

  31. onlyoneleft says: Jan 10, 2013 2:19 PM

    I guess that if Florida loses 4 then they will be doomed.

  32. Deb says: Jan 10, 2013 4:42 PM

    I don’t understand these comments–LSU players deciding to leave for the NFL has nothing to do with Alabama. The Clemson game was irrelevant, and they know they beat the Aggies and played Bama tight. They’re basing their decision on wanting to get to the pros and start making an income. Deciding to stay in college another year means risking an injury and the chance that they’ll lose their shot at the pros. I’m sure several of Alabama’s players will leave early, too. As some have said, only Faulk’s decision is questionable because he missed the season, which will negatively affect his draft stock.

    And foreverlsu, could you try to develop some class? I don’t know who rsmeans supports, but he’s the guy you’re angry with. No other Bama fans are on here saying anything about LSU, so your vicious comments about our fanbase aren’t warranted. Yeah, two idiots did some idiotic things last year. Believe me, there are trashy LSU fans out there doing idiotic things that don’t define your entire fanbase. Grow up.

  33. foreverlsu says: Jan 14, 2013 3:24 PM

    Fair enough, Deb. He was the only Bama fan I was referring to on this board and I should not have directed my comments to the entire Bama fanbase. Please accept my apology. It was certainly not directed at you.

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