Originally written on Silver and BlueBlood  |  Last updated 11/7/14
Honey Badger is bad! LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was one of the most electric players in the NCAA. As a sophomore, Mathieu (affectionately called “Honey Badger”) was a consensus All-American. He was the defensive player of the year in the SEC. And he won the Chuck Bednarik Award, given by the Maxwell Football Club to the kid deemed be the best defensive player in NCAA Division 1 football. In his 26 game career, Mathieu caused a total of 14 turnovers. As a punt returner, Mathieu ranked second in the nation and first in the SEC with 17.2 yards per return. Mathieu was the first defensive back to be a finalist for the Heisman since 1997. Listed at 5’9 (which is a stretch), 180 lbs, Mathieu is not big. But he did post a 4.5 40-yard dash, a 34″ vertical, and a 117″ broad jump. Size is not the issue. Neither is talent. The kid can play. He is a ball-hawk with a high motor and a good football IQ. The problem is drugs. Or, it was. Mathieu passed the drug screening at the NFL Combine. But...
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