Super Bowl to have LSU flair

Sunday's Super Bowl contest between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will have plenty of LSU flavor as six former Tigers will be in action for the Patriots.

Kickoff between the Patriots and the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX is set for 5:30 p.m. from Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be televised by Fox.

By having six players on the Patriots' roster for Sunday's game, LSU ties with Colorado as having the most former players represented in the game. Colorado has four players on the Patriots and two on the Eagles squad.

Headlining the list of former Tigers in Sunday's game will be rookie defensive back Randall Gay, who will get a starting assignment for New England. Gay, from Brusly, La., has started 11 games for the Patriots, recording 34 tackles with two interceptions. He also returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 5.

Joining Gay on the defensive side of the ball for the Patriots are defensive ends Jarvis Green and Marquise Hill along with linebacker Eric Alexander, who is currently listed on the team's injured reserve roster.

Green, who will be playing in his third Super Bowl, has recorded 21 tackles and four sacks for the Patriots in 2004. Green will backup Richard Seymour at right defensive end on Sunday. Hill, who saw action in one game this season, will backup Ty Warren at left defensive end against the Eagles.

Alexander, an undrafted free agent in 2004, was the starting linebacker for LSU's national championship squad a year ago. Alexander played in three games for the Patriots in 2004, registering three tackles, before suffering an injury in early January.

Offensively, the most active former Tiger is that of running back and return specialist Kevin Faulk. Faulk, who is in his sixth year with the Patriots, will be playing in his third Super Bowl. This year, Faulk has rushed for 255 yards and two touchdowns. He's also caught 26 passes for 248 yards and one score.

As New England's primary punt returner, Faulk has returned 20 punts for 133 yards.

Joining Faulk on the offensive side of the ball is that of quarterback Rohan Davey. In four games as Tom Brady's backup in 2004, Davey has completed 4-of-10 passes for 54 yards.

Gay, Hill and Alexander all wrapped up their LSU career's with a national title in football a year ago, while Faulk last played for LSU in 1998, and Green and Davey in 2001.

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