Tyrann Mathieu of the LSU Tigers has easily been the nation's most exciting defensive player halfway through the 2011 college football season. He has been an absolute beast and a game-changer in the Tigers biggest games this year!
In the season opening showdown, "The Cowboys Classic
" vs the Oregon Ducks
, the touchdown he scored on special teams after taking the football from punt-returner De'Anthony Thomas
was the deciding play of the game. Against West Virginia
, Mathieu tipped Geno Smith's
pass for an interception giving his team the ball inside the WVU five yard line and recovered another fumble around midfield...both plays changed the momentum of the game in LSU's favor. When the Florida Gators
were in the redzone and trying to get back in the game, once again Mathieu stepped up for his team and got an interception.
He has literally been all over the field racking up 43 tackles (30 solo), 1.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns so far through week seven, and he has done so, arguably, against the nation's toughest competition.
The knock against "The Honey Badger," as he has been nicknamed, is that he plays on defense. Only one defender, Charlie Woodson, has ever won the Heisman Trophy, and it was supposedly due to Woodson also being a dynamic returner on special teams. Mathieu has also been a dynamic special teams player. Though he has not returned any kicks like he did twice last year for a touchdown this season, he has created two fumbles on punts; returning one for a touchdown.
Mathieu will also be showcased on the national stage at least two more times this season, if not three. On November 5th, he'll face the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide, and on...to finish reading this blog, to vote in the poll and leave a comment, please visit WhosRight.com by clicking the link below!