Originally written on Football Extra Points  |  Last updated 11/14/14
In 2011 Tyrann Mathieu was the recipient of the Chuck Bednarick Award, for defensive player of the year, leading LSU with 70 tackles and 6 forced fumbles. That same season Tyrann joined Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson, and RG111 as a Heisman Trophy Finalist. The first defensive back since Charles Woodson (Michigan) to be named a finalist. Tyrann displayed dynamic playmaking ability while at LSU not only as an excellent tackler with good ball skills, but also in the return game, averaging over 16 yards per punt return. Unlike Luck, RGIII, and Richardson whom all were selected with the first 3 picks of the 2012 NFL draft, Mathieu sat out of football last season and even left LSU altogether due to off the field issues, involving the use of marijuana. With zero tolerance still in place in college football and the NFL it will be interesting to see how far Mathieu will fall in the draft. Physically Mathieu has shown the skills to be a dynamic defensive back when on the field, but...
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