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UCLA's Mike Fafaul has kept the faith while waiting for his opportunity with the Bruins

UCLA's Mike Fafaul has kept the faith while waiting for his opportunity with the Bruins

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...

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