Faulk bids farewell to LSU

One half of LSU's top linebacking corps is out the door and the other half will make his intentions known on Wednesday. Trev Faulk announced Monday he does not plan to return to LSU for his senior season and will enter his name for April's NFL draft. His teammate, Bradie James, has a news conference called for tomorrow in West Monroe to announce his decision.

Faulk said after the Sugar Bowl that it would take projections of him being a first- or second-round pick to make him skip his senior year at LSU. Early analyses of the upcoming draft do not place Faulk that high, but the Lafayette High School product said he feels the time is right to end his college career.

"I sat down with my mom and my family and we made the decision that we felt was best for us," Faulk said in a statement from LSU. "My projections aren't as high as I'd hope for them to be but that doesn't deter me. I feel like now is the best time for me as I try to pursue my goals at the next level."

Faulk was a team captain for LSU as a sophomore and a junior and led the Tigers in tackles in each of those seasons, recording 113 and 115 respectively. He has started 33 of the 36 games he's played in for the Tigers, beginning with his true freshman season in 1999. Faulk is also on schedule to graduate in May - a year ahead of schedule.

"Trev has been an outstanding player for us," said LSU coach Nick Saban. "He's done a great job of representing his this program and we certainly wish him well in all of his future endeavors.

Faulk becomes the fourth LSU player to declare early for the NFL draft, joining wide receiver Eddie Kennison (1996), offensive guard Alan Faneca (1998) and quarterback Josh Booty (2000).

James is has scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. tomorrow at a West Monroe bank to declare his intentions regarding the NFL. He completed his junior year with 113 tackles and a team-leading eight stops behind the line.

Junior wide receiver Josh Reed, the winner of the 2001 Biletnikoff Award, is also expected to make a decision soon regarding his future at LSU. The NFL requires college players to state their intentions by late Friday.

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