Report: Tyrann Mathieu told NFL coaches he failed 10 drug tests

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Tyrann Mathieu reportedly failed multiple drug tests while at LSU, according to a NFL assistant. (USATSI)
Tyrann Mathieu reportedly failed multiple drug tests while at LSU, according to an NFL assistant. (USATSI)

UPDATE: Tyrann Mathieu has issued a statement in response to the USA Today story referenced below.

"It is irresponsible and shows a lack of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of how it was gathered," Mathieu said in a statement released by LSU. "I would expect that conversations regarding my drug testing history during the course of my medical treatment would be private. LSU has a strong drug testing program, and LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment and recovery.

"I understand that many people enjoy reading about the negative side of sports, but to publish those second-hand comments without being given a chance to address that comment prior to the publication of the article is irresponsible."

Tyrann Mathieu's career at LSU has been under the microscope recently as the former Heisman Trophy finalist prepares for the 2013 NFL Draft. Mathieu's off-the-field issues, which included an arrest for possession of marijuana, eventually led to his dismissal from the football program.

USA Today published a story about Mathieu in advance of the draft that includes a comment from an NFL assistant after the interview process. According to the coach, Matheiu admitted to failing multiple drug tests while at LSU.

During one visit, Mathieu was asked how many drug tests he failed before he was suspended in college.
According to an assistant coach for the team, Mathieu responded: "I quit counting at 10. I really don't know."
The coach, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to comment about the evaluation, doesn't dump all of the blame on Mathieu.He points a finger at LSU.
"If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help," the coach said.

Mathieu said he has been clean since October -- the time of his arrest -- and has made a good impression as an athletic talent with incredible football instincts. That mentality helped contribute to his playmaking ability at LSU and was the reason why Mathieu became the first defensive player in 14 years to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

But Mathieu's off-the-field record is a reason for concern for some NFL teams. Due to a combination of those concerns, along with size (5 feet 9) and time away from football, the former LSU defensive back is listed as a third-round pick by many draft scouting services. draft analyst Rob Rang says Mathieu "minimizes his natural height disadvantage by timing his leap well in jump-ball situations and competing throughout the catch process, ripping away at the ball as he and the intended receiver are descending." Rang compares Mathieu to Minneosta Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.

Cruise over to the NFL Draft Home Page for more on Mathieu and the rest of the 2013 prospects.

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