On Central Washington’s recently-posted football roster is a 5-foot-9, 237-pound freshman running back from Calabasas, Calif.

He wears No. 45, and his name is Marshall Faulk Jr. And yes, his father is THAT Marshall Faulk.

It seems that the younger Faulk wanted to play college football and do so away from home. It also seems that the older Faulk was familiar with one of CWU’s coaches and arranged for the two to visit Ellensburg and the campus.

They did, liked what they saw and heard, and it was agreed that the younger Faulk would walk on this season and redshirt.

Marshall Faulk Sr., of course, was a college standout at San Diego State, rushing for an NCAA-record 386 yards while scoring 44 points in his second game as a true freshman in 1991. He later starred for the Indianapolis Colts (1994-98) and St. Louis Rams (1999-2005), becoming one of only three NFL players (with Marcus Allen and Tiki Barber) to total at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards.

Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, Faulk is the only NFL player to have amassed at least 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving.