His last name sounds like faithful, and the silver cross that dangles from a chain around his neck isn’t there for decoration.
Mike Fafaul is a believer.
He was a backup quarterback until his senior season in high school, when a series of prolific performances didn’t lead to much interest from major college teams. He spent a year at a military prep school, rising from third-stringer to start over the Ohio State-bound Cardale Jones, and even that produced scholarship offers from only small programs.
Fafaul arrived at UCLA as a walk-on in the fall of 2012 with little hope of ever running the offense. He was the seventh-stringer who threw six passes in his...