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Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:19 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 3:24 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Whether on Twitter or in an interview, Tyrann Mathieu has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. And so when the topic of the 2013 NFL Draft came up in a radio interview Friday, Mathieu didn't mince words: he intends to be in it.

"I hope so," Mathieu said on Philadelphia's 97.5 "The Fanatic" when asked if 2012 would be his final year in an LSU uniform. "If I'm fortunate enough."

Mathieu was speaking from the Maxwell Athletic Club dinner in Atlantic City, N.J., where he was on hand to receive the Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player for 2011. Mathieu missed the opening day of LSU spring practice but is expected to participate in Monday's drills.

It's honors like the Bednarik that make Mathieu's pronouncement more surprising for its timing and honesty than for its content itself. After a sophomore season that saw him travel to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist and earn him multiple All-American nods, a successful junior year -- particularly in the realm of one-on-one coverage, the one area where Mathieu could (in this blogger's opinion) stand to sharpen his skills -- would leave him with little left to prove on an individual level.

After his Tigers' embarrassing defeat in the BCS national championship, though, there's still plenty of unfinished business on a team level entering 2012. But Mathieu also said he expects big things from LSU this fall.

"We’ve got a pretty good team coming back next year, pretty much the same team from a year ago minus the quarterback, a few receivers and obviously Morris [Claiborne] and Brandon Taylor and Ron Brooks in the secondary," Mathieu said. "But we have a lot of guys that are going to step up and make a name for themselves.”

Mathieu's name was already big enough that a draft declaration was already more "when" than "if"--meaning we can't blame him for making it a non-issue at nearly the first opportunity.

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:45 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Bammer didn't give Mathieu anything he "couldn't handle."  All they did was win a rematch that shouldn't have been given to them.  They couldn't even win their own division and had no business playing for a "championship" of anything.  Until there is a real playoff of champions only, it will still be the BS Sham-pionship.  

Mathieu doesn't play offense.  Also, it certainly isn't his fault that his coach got totally outclassed in the rematch by Nick Saban.   It is almost a cliche that the team that lost the first game wins the rematch when it is for a national "championship."  When Nick Saban gets six weeks to prepare for someone, and his team is already angry, and he is coaching against the Mad Hatter, whose literary metaphor is looking more like The Emperor's Clothes than Alice in Wonderland, the result is predictable.  

Unless the "Honey Badger" was allowed to clone himself on both sides of the ball, call plays on the sideline, and come up with the game plan himself, he really wasn't going to have much of an effect on this game.  

If Mathieu can stay healthy, he should be a top five pick.  Also, even though CB's are seldom the first taken, I wouldn't be surprised if that happened, either.


Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:44 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Lol, the honey badger didn't take what he wanted in the BCS NC game but Bama certainly gave him more than he could handle. Good luck to the young man in the future.

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:54 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

He's overrated. Alabama went after him in the championship game and he got blocked and burned repeatedly by Bama's second tier receivers. He's a really good punt returner, though.

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