Mathieu's skills have never been the issue. A ballhawk while at LSU, Mathieu was the recipient of the 2011 Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate defender. He was later dismissed from LSU for violating team rules, and he entered a Houston rehab center for help managing his marijuana use. And thus, his draft stock plummeted. Still, if Mathieu can convince teams he can keep his behavior in check, he could be a late-round steal. Or he could be a first-round pick. In this draft, it's hard to tell. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
04/21/2013 - 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." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
04/21/2013 - 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. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: With a large contingent of NFL representatives on-hand, 20 draft-eligible Tigers worked out in Baton Rouge at LSU's on-campus pro day on Wednesday. Most of the top prospects like Barkevious Mingo and Tyrann Mathieu decided to stand on their times from the combine, but several other players were able to perform in front of several general managers and head coaches, including the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and the Saints' Sean Payton.
Mathieu and Mingo participated in positional drills and both impressed throughout the afternoon. Afterward, they were also popular in interviews as well, with the Honey Badger spending extensive time with Tomlin and several of the other NFL assistant coaches on campus. Mathieu is expected to be drafted sometime on the second day of the draft and Mingo is a likely first-round pick. Head coach Les Miles added that he wouldn't be surprised if Mingo is the "first defensive player off the board." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Tyrann Mathieu, CB (5-9 1/8, 194) - Mathieu looked very good in positional drills. He's very quick out of his breaks and has great hands. He weighed 6 pounds more than he did at the combine. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
02/26/2013 - Because he's the Honey Badger and because that's something we care about (though he isn't interested in the nickname), Tyrann Mathieu got an unholy amount of coverage during Tuesday's defensive back drills at the 2013 NFL Combine. And Mathieu certainly helped his stock. He ran a 4.43 (unofficially) in the 40-yard dash. He displayed ball skills, which we all know he has. And if Deion Sanders was his agent, well, he'd be a top-five pick.
Sanders said that Mathieu is "a leader," a "straight-up dog," and "all that and a bag of chips." (It is apparently 1994. Why didn't anyone tell me this?) Deion also added that "I trust this kid." Mathieu was confident in his own performance, though he also said he came into the day confident as well. "I think I did good. I came into the day extremely confident," Mathieu said. "Believed I could get a 4.4 in my 40. My positional drills I knew all along I was just a natural athlete." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/24/2013 - Tyrann Mathieu woke up Sunday at 4 a.m. for what will be the first of many NFL drug tests. Two years ago, he was known as the Honey Badger, a mighty mite playmaker who tackled with the force of a sledgehammer and was deployed as a defensive chess piece by LSU coaches who asked him to blitz regularly, play safety and cornerback and man the nickel role to shadow slot receivers. "First of all, I want them to be able to trust me," Mathieu said of what he needs to show coaches and scouts. "I hold myself accountable for everything I've done this past year. "I'm not totally asking them to trust me right now, but what I am asking is for them to give me a chance. I've had a lot of time to reflect on it."
The former LSU cornerback is at the Scouting Combine seeking another second chance. He repeatedly failed drug tests - at least three - and was finally kicked off the team and out of the university in Baton Rouge in August. "All the things that I put before football are really not fun without football," he said. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/24/2013 - Tyrann Mathieu isn't a first-round prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft, but he got a first-round press conference because of his off-field issues. And the former LSU standout defensive back did a quality job owning up to his issues. Mathieu, who's had numerous run-ins related to marijuana, said he's been in rehab and is currently involved in a drug rehabilitation program. "I've been to rehab. I have counseling. I have a sponsor," Mathieu said.
Asked specifically about the last time he ingested an illegal substance, Mathieu nailed a specific date, which, at least on its face, has to be taken as a good sign. "October 26, 2012," Mathieu said.
He seemed sincere and was certainly forthright with respect to his drug usage and the former Heisman finalist was contrite when it came to going through the public embarrassment of getting booted from school. "I know what it's like to be humiliated," Mathieu said. "To go back down that road? Not a chance in my lifetime."
Mathieu's got a slew of red flags and his draft stock certainly isn't anything resembling high at the moment, but listening to him talk and seeing him prepared for the combine press conference was impressive. He spoke like a guy who is genuinely involved in rehabilitating his life and even went so far as to try to distance himself from the Honey Badger nickname. "If the Honey Badger sticks, it sticks," Mathieu said. "But right now I'm focused on being Tyrann Mathieu." - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, 10 players to watch: 3. DB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU...Without the off-field concerns, Mathieu has the playmaking skills to be a first-round pick. However, after his dismissal from LSU and a laundry list of off-field issues, his draft stock is a mystery and scouts are going to put him under a microscope this week. Mathieu also hasn't played organized football in more than a year, so his physical condition will be scrutinized as well. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 1. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, DB-KR: The guy formerly known as the "Honey Badger" almost won the Heisman in 2011 but then had all sorts of off-field problems and missed the 2012 season. Mathieu's lack of size (5-foot-8, 180 pounds) was always going to be a concern for most folks. Now you factor in some character question marks, and you have a prospect who probably doesn't go in the first 100 picks.
He'd be a small corner, but skill-wise, he's not really a pure cover man. But he is super quick and instinctive. Above all, Mathieu is fearless with an uncanny knack for making big plays, whether those are picks, forced fumbles or sacks. In 26 games at LSU, he created an astounding 14 turnovers, and that was in his first two seasons in the program -- a time when few blue-chippers at LSU are even on the two-deep. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/20/2013 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 1. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, DB-KR: Teams that scouted LSU pegged Mathieu as a SAM linebacker more than anything else because of the way that the Tigers used him. He's also a dynamic return man, averaging almost 16 yards a punt return. Watch the tape of him from late during his freshman year or in 2011, and he seems to be playing at a different speed than everyone else on the field -- at the highest level of college football.
It'll be interesting to see how he tests. He's one of those guys who plays much faster than he has been timed. (Tennessee once opted for another short DB, Nickell Robey, over Mathieu in large part because of the Louisiana native's underwhelming 40-time at the Vols' summer camp.) The 20-year-old's probably more suited to safety although he doesn't have the heft to hold up to be an every-down player, but we've seen enough of him to think he still could be a difference-maker in the right situation if he can handle things off the field. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: It is hard to say if Tyrann Mathieu was rooting for Notre Dame against the rival Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS title game but it is a pretty fair assumption that the former LSU star is thankful for the Manti Te'o "stealing" the media spotlight.
Having failed multiple drug tests while at LSU, Mathieu was released from scholarship and allowed to consider transferring elsewhere before he ultimately decided to sit out the season and enter the draft early. As such, teams will want to know how he spent his year off the field. How well the Honey Badger is able to convince teams that he'll be able to keep his paws clean from here on out could determine whether he's selected on the second day, midway through the third or drafted at all. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/23/2013 - Former Heisman Trophy candidate and college All-American Tyrann Mathieu has met with "several" teams during this week's Senior Bowl, according to a report in the New York Post. The cornerback and kick-returner has reportedly met with the Jets, Redskins and Dolphins, among others. Mathieu -- or, "Honey Badger," as he came to be known -- was kicked off of LSU's team and didn't play in the 2012 season. He's in Alabama hoping to meet with teams and rebuild his image. Mathieu's reputation has been damaged by drug use and a recent arrest.
"They have every right to [be skeptical]," Mathieu said Monday of the teams he's met with. "I'm not really looking forward to people trusting me today or tomorrow. Trust takes time, especially when you've done a lot of things for people not to be able to trust you. It may take two years. It may take five years, it may take until I'm 30 years old for people to start trusting Tyrann again. But the truth is, I'm doing the right things and just looking forward to being a football player."
A few NFL players have taken Mathieu under their wing, including Cardinals cornerback and former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Giants cornerback Corey Webster - also a former LSU star.
Mathieu says he's committed to a return, no matter where that may be. "This is my last shot," he said. "You've got to learn when to do things and when not to do things; when to party and when not to party. Every day is football. That's the biggest thing I got out of it. I'm just ready to live a football life." - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
11/29/2012 - Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu plans to declare himself eligible for the next NFL draft, a source close to the player told ESPN.com. The Heisman Trophy finalist was suspended and fast-rising NFL prospect was suspended for this season after failing an August drug test, and entered a treatment program. He was arrested last month with three former teammates on a possession of marijuana charge. Mathieu and Jordan Jefferson were later released.
In a Baton Rouge police report, officers said they were responding to a complaint about a man trying to force his way through a security gate at the apartment complex where Mathieu lives. A resident let in the man, later identified as Jefferson. He was seen going into an apartment before officers arrived. Police said Mathieu answered the door and officers obtained permission to search after smelling marijuana. Officers found a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana, police wrote in a news release.
Rather than play at lower-division school, Mathieu re-enrolled at LSU but didn't play football. NFLDraftScout.com had projected him as a top-40 pick before his suspension. His value will depend on how teams judge his explanation of his off-field missteps. - The Sports Xchange
11/29/2012 - He has been involved with multiple drug incidents and completed a rehab stint with former NBA player John Lucas, who battled his own drug addiction in the past. Mathieu was also accused of promoting parties at a local night club through videos and fliers, potential NCAA violations.
Trouble seems to follow Mathieu, but the NFL has numerous examples of players who were red-flagged during the draft process for nonfootball concerns and went on to be contributors at the next level. St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins was arguably the best defensive back in this past April's NFL Draft, but he slipped to the second round because of several drug-related occurrences. Jenkins has 47 tackles and three interceptions as a rookie and was recently named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after he intercepted two passes last week at Arizona, returning both for touchdowns.
While somewhat similar, Mathieu's situation is also different. After his dismissal from Florida, Jenkins transferred to the FCS-level for his senior season and also participated in the Senior Bowl. Mathieu hasn't played football since last year's BCS national title game and, as an underclassman, won't have the opportunity to play in any predraft all-star games.
It's likely that Mathieu will be taken off some team's draft boards, but if a team feels comfortable with his character and past transgressions, the talent will be tough to pass up in the middle rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/29/2012 - According to a report by ESPN.com, former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu will make himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. Nicknamed the Honey Badger for his play on the field, Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football program in August after multiple failed drug tests and checked into a drug and alcohol recovery center in Houston. This past October, he was arrested, along with three former LSU football players, after police found drug-related materials in Mathieu's apartment, including 10 bags of high-grade marijuana. According to reports, Mathieu was expected to re-enroll at LSU for his senior season, but his latest arrest made that possibility unlikely.
A Heisman Trophy finalist last season, Mathieu was projected as a top-32 pick this summer based on his play over his first two seasons in Baton Rouge. Although he doesn't have ideal size or speed, he showed a knack for the big play with 20 passes defended, 11 forced fumbles and four interceptions over his career, covering the entire field and always seeming to be around the ball. Mathieu doesn't have the ideal traits of a NFL cornerback, but he is best suited to play a hybrid nickel role where he can line up all over the field, covering both the run and pass. He might not fit the traditional mold, but he has a versatile skillset that makes him a unique blend of several positions, including linebacker, safety and cornerback. However the character and off-field concerns will push Mathieu's draft value out of the first round and possibly out of the top-100 picks altogether. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/25/2012 - Four former LSU football players were arrested Thursday on drug-related charges, officials said. Jordan Jefferson, Tyrann Mathieu, Karnell Hatcher, and Derrick Bryant were all charged with marijuana-related offenses, police said. WAFB's Jim Shannon and Kiran Chawla first reported the arrests at 5pm Thursday, quoting law enforcement sources. Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana, Hatcher was charged with 2nd Offense Simple Possession of Marijuana and Bryant was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Baton Rouge police later confirmed. All four men will be booked into to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Jefferson is a former LSU quarterback who started the BCS National Championship Game in January 2012. Mathieu, a defensive back widely known as the "Honey Badger", was removed from the LSU football team earlier this year after what sources said was multiple failed drug tests. He is currently enrolled at LSU and was hoping to return to the team next season. Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2011. Both Hatcher and Bryant were defensive backs for LSU. - WAFB TV9 News
10/25/2012 - Tyrann Mathieu, nicknamed the "Honey Badger" for his ability on the football field, and three former LSU football players were arrested Thursday afternoon after police found drug-related materials in Mathieu's apartment, including 10 bags of high-grade marijuana. The other former Tigers were Jordan Jefferson, Karnell Hatcher and Derrick Bryant. According to a Baton Rouge Police Department release, police were dispatched to an apartment complex after complaints that a man, later identified as Jefferson, forced his way through a security gate and entered Mathieu's apartment. Once the police arrived at the residence, they reported smelling a "strong odor of marijuana" and searched the apartment after they said Mathieu gave them consent. Along with the four men, the police reported finding a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of marijuana. Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana. Hatcher was charged with 2nd Offense Simple Possession of Marijuana and Bryant with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. All four were booked at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football program this past August after multiple failed drug tests and checked into a drug and alcohol recovery center in Houston. He was meeting daily with former NBA player and head coach John Lucas, who battled drug addiction in his past. As Rob Rang wrote in August, scouts were encouraged by Mathieu's "mature" decision to enter rehab in an attempt to get clean and turn his life around. According to later reports, Mathieu was out of rehab and preparing to re-enroll at LSU next year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/25/2012 - A talented football player on the field, Mathieu was projected as a possible first round draft pick after a Heisman-worthy sophomore season in 2011. He had a knack for the big play over his first two seasons with the Tigers, recording 20 passes defended, 11 forced fumbles and four interceptions. However, the off-field issues caused some concern, especially after he was booted from the program a few weeks before the 2012 season opener. Mathieu was also in the news recently after he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and accused of promoting parties at a local night club through videos and fliers, potential NCAA violations. The NFL has numerous examples of players who were red-flagged during the draft process for their off-field concerns, but overcame character issues to become contributors at the next level. One o the latest is St. Louis Rams CB Janoris Jenkins, who was arguably the best defensive back in April's NFL Draft, but slipped to the second round because of several drug-related incidents. Jenkins has been one of the NFL's top rookies this season with seven passes defended and an interception thus far. While no two situations are the same, Mathieu's appears much more serious than Jenkins' (or most others) and his prospects for the next level are in serious jeopardy. It is still too early to speculate whether or not Mathieu will be a part of the 2013 NFL Draft class, but if he decides to give up his two remaining years of collegiate eligibility, he will be one of the most scrutinized and polarizing prospects in next year's class. Stay tuned, because if the past few months are any indication, this story is far from over. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/16/2012 - Sports Illustrated is reporting that former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu might have violated NCAA rules by promoting a night club while he was still a member of the team. The magazine reports Mathieu appeared in a video made by a group of his friends that goes by the name Era Nation in which he promotes a party at a Baton Rouge club called The Palace on March 10 of this year. His pictures were also on fliers promoting the event called ''Era Nation Album Release Party For Tyrann Mathieu.'' The flier also featured photographs of former LSU star Mo Claiborne, now with the Dallas Cowboys, and current LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from allowing their names or pictures to be used in advertising the sale of a product or service. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said the school is aware of the promotional material with Johnson's photograph, but does not believe he committed an NCAA violation. ''We are comfortable that Anthony did not know about it,'' Bonnette said. Claiborne was done playing for LSU at the time the flier was distributed. As it turns out, so was Mathieu. He was dismissed from the LSU football team in August for failing a drug test, and entered a treatment program run by former NBA player John Lucas. Instead of transferring to another lower-division school to play this season, Mathieu re-enrolled at LSU but is not playing football. Any NCAA issues could affect his ability to return to football with LSU or another school next season. - AP Sports
10/02/2012 - Could Tyrann Mathieu return to the LSU football roster in 2013? On his Tuesday appearance on the Scott Van Pelt Show, Les Miles wasn't spelling anything out directly, but his comments will without question spark speculation that the "Honey Badger" will be back in an LSU uniform before he leaves Baton Rouge. Asked at the end of his appearance if "there is a chance [Mathieu] has a happy ending with the LSU football family," Miles responded in quintessentially Milesian fashion: "I think that this is a very legitimate chance that he would have a happy ending. "I think the point of degree, and the point of handling your business and making sure everything is right and correct, and getting your feet on the ground--I think that that is a tremendously happy ending." Fans can feel free to draw their own conclusions from that, but Times Picayune LSU beat writer Randy Rosetta has his own interpretation: Obviously, re-adding an athlete of Mathieu's caliber would be a huge boost to the 2013 Tigers, particularly with junior defensive backs like safety Eric Reid and Tharold Simon potential NFL Draft flight risks. After being dismissed from the Tigers over the summer and spending a brief stay in a drug rehabilitation center, the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist confirmed to the LSU student paper in September that he had enrolled in fall classes at LSU with an aim towards working towards his degree. - Jerry Hinnen, CBS Sports.com
09/05/2012 - Standout cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has enrolled at LSU for the fall semester, but coach Les Miles did not address whether he would be allowed back on the team next season during his Tuesday media gathering. Mathieu, who was dismissed from the team in August, reportedly for failing multiple drugs tests, cannot play for the Tigers this season and will be eligible for the 2013 NFL draft. Sheila Mathieu, Tyrone's adoptive mother, told ESPN.com she thought Tyrann would be able to play for LSU again and that Tyrann may play another year of college football in 2013. When asked about Mathieu's enrollment as a student only, Miles said, "I think he's making some quality decisions for himself. That's kind of my view. I can tell you that my focus is about my team, in preparing game week (for the next opponent, Washington). "There are times I can devote to other things - I don't have that right now, so I am really focused on one thing. "I believe he's made some really difficult decisions for himself . . . that will better him as he goes forward. I certainly wish him the very best." Since the dismissal, Mathieu has spent time at the Right Step recovery center in Houston. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/2012 - Former LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has enrolled at LSU for the fall semester, even though he cannot play for the Tigers this season and will be eligible for the 2013 NFL draft. LSU coach Les Miles has declined to say whether Mathieu has any future with the Tigers. He says he's focused on Washington's visit this Saturday night. Speaking at his media luncheon on Tuesday, Miles would say only that he believes Mathieu is ''making some quality decisions for himself'' by addressing some personal issues and coming back to school exclusively as a student. Mathieu, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, was kicked off LSU's football team Aug. 10 for failed drug tests. Miles says Mathieu also has ''made some really difficult decisions'' and LSU wishes him the best. - AP Sports
09/03/2012 - Tyrann Mathieu plans to enroll for classes at LSU on Tuesday according to his adoptive father. ESPN.com reported that the 20-year-old cornerback will be in Baton Rouge to enroll at LSU, citing Mathieu's adoptive father, Tyrone. He will not participate in team-related activities and is will not be on the team this season according to coach Les Miles. Kicked off the LSU team in August for reportedly failing multiple drug tests, Mathieu received interest from several non-BCS teams for which he could have played immediately. But he instead entered a drug and alcohol recovery center in Houston, where he worked closely with former NBA player and coach John Lucas at the Right Step program. Mathieu would technically be eligible to enter the 2013 NFL Draft since he will be three years removed from high school, but he's expected to focus "on maturity and discipline" and then attempt to rejoin the LSU program next year. The SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, Mathieu remains a polarizing prospect for NFL scouts. Listed at 5-feet-9 and 178 pounds, Mathieu certainly lacks the size scouts prefer. While he's instinctive, tenacious and has proven to be a standout against the best college football players in the country over his first two seasons, many question how well he'd handle the adjustment to the greater size and speed he'd face in the NFL. Others cite the hybrid roles he played at LSU and argue that he could play in a similar capacity in the ever-evolving defensive schemes gaining in popularity in the NFL. - The Sports Xchange
08/15/2012 - LSU says that about 20 college football programs have asked for permission to speak with All-America cornerback and punt returner Tyrann Mathieu. Herb Vincent, the university's vice chancellor of communications, says LSU only considers granting requests to schools Mathieu has approved, consistent with school policy on athletic transfers. Vincent says he cannot release which schools have been in touch with LSU and which have been approved other than McNeese State, which has already announced that Mathieu visited its campus. Officials at McNeese State, where classes began Wednesday, say there remains some leeway for Mathieu to enroll within the next few days. Mathieu was kicked off the LSU football team last Friday, reportedly for a failed drug test. He has not yet announced his plans for this season. - AP Sports
08/14/2012 - LSU coach Les Miles refused to say anything definitive regarding the possible return of standout cornerback Tyrann Mathieu to LSU next season, other than to reiterate that he won't be playing for the Tigers this season. "I am not in any way going to speculate. He will not be on this football (team) this year - I guarantee it. That's a fact. I have no idea beyond that," Miles said Tuesday in his first public statement on the issue, according to GeauxTigerNation. Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU team, and he considered transferring to a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) so he would not have to sit out a year. However, more recently there were suggestions that Mathieu might sit out the year and try to rejoin the LSU team in 2013. "I certainly am rooting for Ty and whatever his future is, but I'm not focused on him. I've got games to play," Miles said. "I've got 104 guys that I have to be ready for. I know this is a very key time in (Mathieu's) life, and I hope the decisions he makes are in his best interest for the long term. We'll help any way we can." If he were to transfer to an FCS school, Miles said Mathieu "would not necessarily need to go through me" to do. Asked whether he had given Mathieu a release to transfer to an FCS school, Miles said, "I think we've done exactly what has needed to be done up to this point, and I think I want to focus on other things - not those pieces." Mathieu has visited McNeese State, and that remains an option, according to a source, GeauxTigerNation reported. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2012 - Former LSU All-American Tyrann Mathieu will announce Wednesday where he will transfer, a source close to Mathieu said Monday, dispelling a report by ESPN that he was considering staying in school this year and applying for readmission to the team for the 2013 season. The source said the possibility of Mathieu wearing the Tigers' purple and gold again "wouldn't be happening." Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist and All-American cornerback last season, was kicked of the team last Friday for violation of team policies. The same source said the reason for the dismissal was multiple failed drug tests and that the plan all along was to transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) school, play his junior season and focus on the NFL draft in April. Mathieu was suspended one game last season reportedly for testing positive for synthetic marijuana. As of Monday, Mathieu had visited only McNeese State in Lake Charles. The visit was confirmed by that school Friday. Other media outlets have the former St. Augustine player also considering Nicholls State. - Jim Kleinpeter, The Times Picayune
08/13/2012 - If LSU is willing to forgive, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu can forget. Mathieu, dismissed for violating team policy, has considered transferring to an FCS school to play immediately, but is reportedly open to sitting out 2012 and returning to play for the Tigers next season. ESPN reported Mathieu would accept the one-year suspension, remain enrolled and attend classes in hopes of being allowed to play at LSU in 2013. Mathieu visited McNeese State but Jackson State, a rumored option, told USA Today it had not heard from Mathieu as of Monday morning. Mathieu, the top defensive player in the nation last season, was a force for a team that went undefeated during the regular season. Multiple reports have said that the Heisman Trophy finalist failed a drug test. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported a player would likely need to fail three or four drug tests to be kicked off the team based on the school's disciplinary policy process. If reports of a failed drug test are true, Mathieu couldn't play at another NCAA university, though he would be eligible to enter the 2013 NFL draft. "This is a very difficult day for our team," Miles said last week. "We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences. "It's hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him." - The Sports Xchange
08/11/2012 - McNeese State coach Matt Viator says he has met with Tyrann Mathieu, but the former LSU All-American has not decided whether he will transfer to the school. McNeese State released a statement from its coach Saturday. LSU kicked Mathieu off the team Friday for a violation of athletic department rules. Viator says he received a call from the 20-year-old cornerback Friday. The coach met with Mathieu in Lake Charles for 90 minutes. To McNeese State's knowledge, Mathieu has not made a decision on where he plans to resume his college career. McNeese State is an FCS school that competes in the Southland Conference. Mathieu can play this season if he transfers down a level from FBS to FCS. - AP Sports
08/11/2012 - After multiple reports emerged Friday linking the "Honey Badger" to McNeese, the university issued a statement Saturday to diffuse the speculation: After receiving permission from LSU, McNeese State head football coach Matt Viator met with former Tiger All-American cornerback and 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu late Friday evening at the Jack V. Doland Athletic Field House. Mathieu then returned to his hometown of New Orleans late Friday night. "I received a call from Tyrann after practice on Friday that he wanted to come and meet with us," said Viator. "We contacted LSU to get permission to talk to him and he arrived on campus later that night. We visited for an hour-and-a-half and then he went back home to New Orleans." To McNeese's knowledge, Mathieu has not made a decision on his intentions and there will be no other comments from McNeese about the issue at this time. Viator also told ESPN Saturday that he and Mathieu agreed not to make a decision on Friday because "it was a long day" and both sides "needed to back off a bit." One of Mathieu's former LSU teammates, kicker Josh Jasper, sparked rumors Friday afternoon when he posted on Twitter that Mathieu had "already transferred" to McNeese; a few hours later, a grainy photo of Mathieu's visit began making the rounds online. The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Matheu's hometown, also cited his interest in Jackson State and Prairie View A&M. - Matt Hinton, CBSSports.com
08/10/2012 - Mathieu could follow the steps of another former SEC star cornerback, Janoris Jenkins, who was released from his scholarship with the Florida Gators after repeated run-ins with local authorities and failed drug tests. Jenkins, at the time considered a shoo-in first round talent, ultimately signed with North Alabama. Jenkins has impressed thus far in training camp after being a second round pick of the St. Louis Rams. Though smaller than NFL scouts would prefer, the 5-09, 176 pound Mathieu plays with a unique brand of instincts, toughness and physicality that has led to comparisons to anyone from Pittsburgh Steeler star Troy Polamalu to Minnesota Vikings' cornerback Antoine Winfield. Mathieu, who lined up all over the field for the Tigers, is fearless and attacks the ball like few defensive backs in recent memory. Though he has two more years of eligibility remaining, he left LSU with a school record 11 forced fumbles, which is seventh in NCAA history. If one were to have voted on the Heisman Trophy last season based strictly on players making big plays in big games, the Honey Badger was as deserving of the award as any defensive/special teams' player is ever likely to be. Regardless of where Mathieu may or may not play college football in 2012, he will technically be eligible for early admission into the 2013 NFL draft due to the fact that he will be three years removed from his high school graduating class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/10/2012 - Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed from the LSU football team for violation of team policy, head coach Les Miles announced on Friday. "This is a very difficult day for our team," Miles said. "We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences. "It's hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him." Mathieu, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and the nation's top defensive player a year ago, played in 26 games for the Tigers during his two years, racking up 133 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He also forced 11 fumbles, which ranks first in school history and seventh in NCAA history, to go with eight fumble recoveries. Mathieu scored four touchdowns for the Tigers, two on punt returns and two on fumble returns. - LSU football
08/10/2012 - The topic that dominated my inbox Friday morning regarded the news that LSU had booted star player Tyrann Mathieu. It certainly is huge college football news, more significant than when the Tigers lost starting QB Jordan Jefferson on the eve of last season for his off-field issues for some time. Mathieu, after all, was such a standout last season for the Tigers he made it to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. That almost never happens with defensive players, especially young ones, but the Honey Badger was that good. He was special. You can say that Mathieu wasn't a true lockdown corner, like his former teammate Mo Claiborne was. Alabama fans would love to show you some video from the BCS title game about Tide receivers catching passes on the 5-9 DB. But while Mathieu was listed as a cornerback, he was so much more than that for LSU. As I wrote last fall, when West Virginia prepared for LSU, they IDed the 183-pounder in their scouting report as a SAM linebacker. And Mathieu proved to be an impact guy in that game, forcing an early fumble and picking off a pass and nearly returning it for a TD. That's the kind of stuff he had an amazing knack for making--those huge, momentum-swinging plays. In two seasons at LSU, he smashed the school record for forced fumbles with 11 (the old record was seven.) He needed only four more to set the NCAA record. He was also a spectacular returnman too. Simply put, the guy was a difference-maker. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
08/10/2012 - LSU head coach Les Miles announced Friday that star cornerback and 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu is no longer a member of his football team. Miles declined to state the precise reason for the abrupt release of the popular "Honey Badger," only to characterize his former star player as having broken team policy. It is important to note that there was never any mention of Mathieu having committed an illegal act during Miles' announcement but the reigning Bednarik Award winner and SEC Defensive Player of the Year was suspended one game last season for reportedly testing positive for synthetic marijuana. LSU never confirmed this report, though Mathieu, along with running back Spencer Ware and backup cornerback Tharold Simon, was held out against Auburn. Speculation that Mathieu may have failed additional test(s) was rampant immediately after Miles' press conference, as the head coach characterized his former star as a "quality guy who had a behavior problem" and that the reason for his release from the program was Mathieu's apparent lack of compliance in a "fundamental behavior." Miles, himself, speculated what Mathieu's next step might be. He felt that it likely that Mathieu would look to play immediately, which would require his transferring to a lower level school, or as Miles put it, "a step down." Other than in extreme situations like the crisis at Penn State, players who haven't yet graduated are not allowed to play immediately if transferring from one FBS school to another. Colleague Bruce Feldman tweeted in the minutes after Miles' press conference that if Mathieu failed a third drug test while at LSU (as some are reporting), he will not be able to play this year at another NCAA university. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/10/2012 - The Tigers are one of those rare teams that can lose a player of this caliber and not be devastated. Safety Eric Reid is an All-American to lead the secondary while 6-3 corner Tharold Simon looks like another high NFL draft pick in the pipeline. The DB who figures to get the added work now that the Honey Badger is gone is 6-2 redshirt freshman Jalen Collins, who Tiger teammates told me late last season was the best athlete on the team. But Mathieu is going to be missed. No doubt. He just had such a penchant for being the guy who flips the switch for LSU. He did it in the Oregon game. Did it in the West Virginia game. Did it in the Kentucky game. In the Arkansas game game too. With him, I thought LSU was the favorite in the SEC. I had the Tigers right behind USC in my preseason Top 25. Without him, I still see the Tigers as a top-five team but I'm moving Alabama in front of LSU now. The margin between those two programs was already pretty thin and his loss isn't just going to be felt on the defense, where teams had to account for where No. 7 was at all times before the snap, but also on special teams. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
08/10/2012 - LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed from the Tigers for violating team policy, head coach Les Miles announced Friday. Mathieu was one of the team's top defensive playmakers for a team that went undefeated during the regular season. Multiple reports have said that the Heisman Trophy finalist failed a drug test. "This is a very difficult day for our team," Miles said. "We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences. "It's hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him." Mathieu played in 26 games in two year for the Tigers, and compiled 133 total tackles and four interceptions. He also forced 11 fumbles, which ranks first in school history and seventh in NCAA history, and recovered eight fumbles. - The Sports Xchange
08/10/2012 - Tyrann Mathieu woke up an LSU Tiger this morning. He may go to sleep tonight a McNeese Cowboy. Josh Jasper, a former teammate of Mathieu's at LSU, tweeted Fridaythat the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year will be transferring to McNeese, an FCS school located in Lake Charles, Louisiana - just a couple hours drive west of LSU's campus in Baton Rouge and Mathieu's hometown of New Orleans. Attempts to confirm Mathieu's (TM7_Era) transfer to McNeese were not immediately returned by the university or sources close to Mathieu, himself. It remains to be seen how reliable Jasper, who graduated from LSU in 2011 and was unable to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster as as undrafted free agent kicker last year, will prove to be as a reporter. If his tweet is correct, the move would make sense for both McNeese and Mathieu, however. McNeese, coming off a 6-5 season, could see a huge leap in national interest with the addition of a player (and persona) like Mathieu. Also, this wouldn't be the first time McNeese has added a former disgraced LSU Tiger. The Cowboys signed Cecil Collins, a one-time standout running back at LSU and watched him help build buzz around their program as he was drafted with the first pick of the fifth round of the 1999 NFL draft by Jimmy Johnson and the Miami Dolphins. Of course, Mathieu would be the big winner if Jasper's report is true as the news would likely mean that the 2011 Bednarik Award winner would be able to play this season. That has very much been in question since LSU head coach Les Miles' press conference announcing that Mathieu was no longer a member of his team. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/10/2012 - LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program for violating school and team rules. The junior defensive back nicknamed Honey Badger was a surprising Heisman Trophy candidate last season as the Tigers won the Southeastern Conference championship and reached the BCS title game. LSU lost the championship 21-0 to Alabama. At a news conference Friday, coach Les Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu was kicked off the team. - AP Sports
08/08/2012 - Mathieu, with help from LSU Coach Les Miles, is trying to get a handle on his fame and persona, which punctuated LSU's run to the BCS title game last season. He loves to talk on the field. He loves Twitter. He just loves to communicate -- and make game-changing plays, whether creating turnovers or returning punts for touchdowns. And he readily admits it's hard for him to stay humble. "Absolutely," he said without hesitation. "I work on it every day." But he is trying. He handled himself well through interviews about what kind of season he might have in 2012 after becoming one of the most recognizable players in the sport. Mathieu is more than a mainstay on an LSU team projected to be as good and possibly better. It's clear he doesn't want to become a problem on a team that wants to make up for the BCS title-game loss to Alabama after winning 13 straight before that. Mathieu said he has reached out to former teammates Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, NFL first-round draft picks, on how to handle the growing pressure. If he continues to play well, it's likely he'll skip his senior season and join Peterson and Claiborne in the NFL after next season. "It's tough, but I have to reach out to guys like Morris and Patrick and see what those guys have to say," said Mathieu, a New Orleans native who finished fifth in the Heisman balloting and had 34 first-place votes. "They tell me to stay humble no matter how high you get in life, or how low. Recognize that you're a football player, and hard work is something you have to do every day." - Jim Kleinpeter, The Times Picayune
08/08/2012 - Tyrann Mathieu plans to quit his frequent use of social media cold turkey when LSU's season starts, and coach Les Miles is very much in favor of that. Miles placed a figurative muzzle on the play-making cornerback and Heisman Trophy finalist popularly known as the ''Honey Badger'' when LSU reported for August camp last week. LSU's annual media day on Tuesday, when every player is available, marked the first time Mathieu was permitted to talk to reporters about his starring role on a team that is widely expected to contend again for a national title. One thing Mathieu made clear is that he is willing to tone down his public persona if that is what best serves the team. ''I respect Coach, and whatever decision he makes I go along with it,'' Mathieu said. ''There's a lot of guys on this team who are deserving of the spotlight. I don't have to be in it all the time and I'm fine with that. ''Everything's going well right now and I've just got to watch what I put on Twitter,'' he added. Generally, Mathieu reserves social media for philosophical musings and personal reflection, such as when he tweeted: ''Common sense is not so common.'' - AP Sports
08/07/2012 - COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE NON-QBS: 4. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, D/KR: The "D" here simply stands for defender, because he's used as so much more than just a cornerback. There were better pure covermen in college football last season than the Honey Badger, starting with his teammate Mo Claiborne. But few guys could impact a game the way the 5-9, 185-pounder could. Mathieu is the quintessential ball-hawking, big-play man, lining up all over the place. Rival teams saw him as more of a linebacker than a cornerback in how he is deployed. LSU will miss Claiborne (gone as a first-rounder) but the Tigers still are ridiculously deep at CB and on the defense in general. It's also no stretch to think that safety Eric Reid is their best DB, but Mathieu's also a big-time return guy and a true difference-maker and tone-setter. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
08/03/2012 - On what scouts love about Mathieu and what concerns them: "He doesn't have great footwork or body technique in coverage, but his natural instincts and aggressive style of play are uncanny. There might not be a more physical competitor in all of college football. He runs fairly well, probably in the low-4.4 range, and can make plays on special teams, but his confidence and competitiveness are what separates him. He has quick-twitch reflexes and is so quick to react, which can backfire at times, but more often than not that's why he is the first defender to the play. He's so aggressive that he takes some false steps and overpursues at times. He will go for the knockout punch or strip instead of simply making a sure tackle, something that will drive a NFL defensive coordinator nuts. Mathieu is a better-than-advertised tackler for a 180-pounder but still has room to clean up his technique to secure stops." - Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com/Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/03/2012 - On what Mathieu needs to do this season to maintain or upgrade his draft status: "Scouts are going to want to see that same fire, the same physical nature. Although he doesn't look like much, Mathieu was routinely the toughest player on the field last year in just about every game LSU played. He doesn't have room to get too much bigger physically, but that's okay because he plays much bigger than his frame suggests. The best way I can describe Mathieu is 'pesky.' He makes offenses work for every yard and will drive play callers crazy. I've heard a lot of NFL comparisons for Mathieu and my favorite thus far is a mix of Cortland Finnegan and Antoine Winfield, two 'pesky,' tough and physical corners who have been to multiple Pro Bowls." - Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com/Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/03/2012 - "Does he have prototypical measureables for a NFL cornerback? No, but just like not all quarterbacks are 6-4, 225 and not all nose tackles are 330-plus pounds, Mathieu doesn't necessarily need the ideal traits scouts usually look for in a traditional cornerback. Because simply put, Mathieu isn't a natural cover corner," Brugler said. "That's not how LSU uses him and that's not what Mathieu tries to be. The LSU coaches use him all over the back seven of the defense and he projects best to the NFL as a hybrid nickelback or in a free safety role. Although he's going to be one of the most debated prospects in the country next April (if he declares early), Mathieu will be a top-40 pick if he can match his production and impact from last season. If he improves in some areas? I think he'll be a borderline top-20 pick." - Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, ... Mathieu, a junior, was selected on the first-team defense and first-team special teams as a return specialist. In 2011, he tied for the team lead in tackles with 76, ranked first nationally with five fumble recoveries and also forced six fumbles. As a punt returner he ranked second in the SEC and fourth nationally with a 15.6-yard average per return, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns, including a 92-yard return against Arkansas that is tied for the third-longest punt return in LSU history. - LSU football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RS - Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, ... As a punt returner he ranked second in the SEC and fourth nationally with a 15.6-yard average per return, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns, including a 92-yard return against Arkansas that is tied for the third-longest punt return in LSU history. - LSU football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): RS Tyrann Mathieu (159), LSU, Jr., ... As a punt returner he ranked second in the SEC and fourth nationally with a 15.6-yard average per return, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns, including a 92-yard return against Arkansas that is tied for the third-longest punt return in LSU history. - LSU football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DB Tyrann Mathieu (184), LSU, Jr., ... Mathieu, a junior, was selected on the first-team defense and first-team special teams as a return specialist. In 2011, he tied for the team lead in tackles with 76, ranked first nationally with five fumble recoveries and also forced six fumbles. As a punt returner he ranked second in the SEC and fourth nationally with a 15.6-yard average per return, and he brought back two punts for touchdowns, including a 92-yard return against Arkansas that is tied for the third-longest punt return in LSU history. - LSU football
07/20/2012 - The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of fifty "players to watch" for its 2012 Player of the Year award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. LSU junior defensive back/punt returner Tyrann Mathieu, a finalist for the 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year award, headlines the 2012 watch list. Mathieu posted 76 tackles, two interceptions and ran back two punts for touchdowns last season for the SEC-champion Tigers. Eleven players on the 2012 watch list, including Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball (1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2011), have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors. In all, 37 schools are represented on the list with Kansas State, Oklahoma and USC each having three players. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient was former Stanford and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Tyrann Matthieu, junior, DB, LSU, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Mathieu, the reigning National Defensive Player of the Year, is one of 10 Southeastern Conference players on the watch list and he is one of 13 defensive players across the nation on the list. Mathieu seeks to become the first LSU football player to capture the award in its 45-year history. Mathieu heads into his junior season having created a total of 14 turnovers during his career. His 11 forced fumbles rank seventh in NCAA history and are just three shy of the NCAA career record. Mathieu currently owns the NCAA career record in forced fumbles per game with 0.42. He posted 76 tackles, two interceptions and ran back two punts for touchdowns last season for the SEC-champion Tigers. - LSU football
07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tyrann Mathieu, Louisiana State S, Jr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. LSU will try to win an unprecedented third straight Thorpe Award after former Tiger greats Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne took home the trophy in 2010 and 2011, respectively. LSU and Texas (2005, '06) are the only two teams to produce Thorpe Award winners in back-to-back seasons. A 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, Mathieu heads into his junior campaign having created a total of 14 turnovers during his career. His 11 forced fumbles rank seventh in NCAA history and are just three shy of the NCAA career record. - LSU football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. A 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, Mathieu heads into his junior season having created 14 turnovers in his career. His 11 forced fumbles rank seventh in NCAA history and are just three shy of the NCAA record. - LSU football
07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, CB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Mathieu seeks to become the third repeat winner in the award's history, joining Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald and Penn State's Paul Posluszny. A 2011 Heisman Trophy award finalist, Mathieu heads into his junior season having created a total of 14 turnovers during his career. His 11 forced fumbles rank seventh in NCAA history and are just three shy of the NCAA career record. Mathieu currently owns the NCAA career record in forced fumbles per game with 0.42. - LSU football
07/09/2012 - The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists Monday for the 18th annual Bednarik Award. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. The Bednarik Award watch list features four of last season's semifinalists with Kansas State LB Arthur Brown, LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu, Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o and Stanford LB Chase Thomas. Alabama and LSU each boast four defensive players on this year's watch list. Only Michigan State was able to match the total. The latest Bednarik Award winner, Mathieu joins Penn State's Paul Posluszny and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald as the only recipients in award history to return to school with a chance to repeat as the award winner. Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 29, and the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 19. The winner of the 2012 Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 6. The formal presentation of the awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City on March 1. - The Maxwell Football Club
06/27/2012 - Heisman Watch 2012: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU - Mathieu was named a Heisman finalist in 2011 in his sophomore season after an outstanding year for the SEC champion Tigers. The cornerback showed remarkable play-making ability on both defense (71 tackles, two interceptions, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, two touchdowns) and on special teams (26 punt returns for 420 yards and two touchdowns). There's no doubt Mathieu is a special player, but it's difficult to forecast another season where he scores four touchdowns. Charles Woodson is the only defensive player to win the award since 1961, and like Woodson, Mathieu will again need to make a huge impact on special teams to have any chance in 2012. - Nicholas DeLorenzo, The Sports Network
05/15/2012 - THE TOP 10 DEFENSIVE (NON) CANDIDATES FOR THE HEISMAN FOR 2012: 3. Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU - Mathieu is No. 3 on this list despite finishing fifth in last year's Heisman vote. That's because he is likely to be the victim of his own remarkable success. The expectations are high for 2012, but it might be really hard to duplicate the magic of 2011, when he had 76 tackles, with 6 forced fumbles (all of them seemingly coming at crucial points in games), 2 interceptions and 7.5 tackles for loss (not to mention 2 amazing punt return touchdowns). A dropoff of sorts is to be expected, but The Honey Badger still has a good chance to make some noise in the Heisman race. - Heismanpundit.com
05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 28. *Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: If one were to vote on the Heisman based strictly on players making big plays in big games, the Honey Badger was as deserving of the award as any defensive/special teams' player is ever likely to be. Despite his production, Mathieu isn't a shutdown corner who'll earn a first-round grade from every scout. As a nickel corner, run supporter, blitzer and returner, however, Mathieu's ability to make game-changing plays warrants listing him here despite his scary lack of size (5-09, 179). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
05/14/2012 - SCOUTING THE LSU SPECIAL TEAMS: This was a big strength for the Tigers last season and should be again next season with Drew Alleman's accuracy on place-kicks and Brad Wing's strong leg on punts leading the way. Mathieu was a Heisman finalist in part because of his explosiveness on punt returns. Miles likes to put offensive and defensive starters on special teams so the Tigers should again be loaded on their coverage units. - The Sports Xchange
Mathieu's skills have never been the issue. A ballhawk while at LSU, Mathieu was the recipient of the 2011 Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate defender. He was later dismissed from LSU for violating team rules, and he entered a Houston rehab center for help managing his marijuana use. And thus, his draft stock plummeted. Still, if Mathieu can convince teams he can keep his behavior in check, he could be a late-round steal. Or he could be a first-round pick. In this draft, it's hard to tell. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com