TYRANN MATHIEU

Cornerback/Return Specialist

Louisiana State University Tigers

#7

5:08.6-186

New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Augustine High School

 

OVERVIEW

One of the most electric playmakers in Louisiana State football history despite playing just two years with the Tigers, Mathieu appeared in 26 games with fourteen starts. Despite becoming an instant fan favorite who played well beyond his size with tremendous heart and talent, he was expected to be a contender for National Player of the Year honors in 2012.

 

However the multi-talented and scrappy cornerback never made it to the field as a junior.

Instead, he was dismissed from the team on August 10th, 2012 for “violation of team rules” just a week into preseason training camp.

 

“This is a very difficult day for our team,” Louisiana State head coach Les Miles said at the time of the dismissal. “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 considered transferring to McNeese State and visited the school, but ultimately enrolled at LSU for the fall semester after a brief stay in a rehabilitation center. In just two years with the Tigers, he created a total of fourteen turnovers (eight fumble recoveries, four interceptions, two forced fumbles recovered by a teammate) and scored four touch-downs (two punt returns, two returns of fumbles).

 

Even though his time with the Tigers lasted only two seasons, Mathieu owns the school record of eleven forced fumbles, which is four better than the previous mark. The eleven career forced fumbles rank as the seventh-highest total in NCAA history and is tied with Guss Scott of Florida (2000-03) for the Southeastern Conference record. Of his eleven forced fumbles, he recovered six of them and eight of the forced fumbles resulted in turnovers.

 

Mathieu’s eight career fumble recoveries are tied for third in school history and just short of the school record. He also recorded 133 tackles, including 93 solo stops, as he added six hits behind the line of scrimmage for losses totaling 90 yards, including six sacks for minus 48 yards. The ex-Tiger proved to be a dynamic punt returner as well, boasting a 15.6 per return average (27 returns for 421 yards) with two touchdowns.

 

A versatile pass defender, Mathieu started fourteen games at Louisiana State – ten of those at cornerback, three at nickel back and one at free safety. As a sophomore, he earned 2011 National Defensive Player of the Year honors, was a unanimous first-team All-American and recipient of the Bednarik Award.

 

Mathieu also became the first defensive back to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York since Charles Woodson of Michigan won the award in 1997. He finished fifth in the 2011 Heisman Trophy voting with 327 total points and 34 first-place votes.

 

 

Prior to joining the Louisiana State program, Mathieu was regarded as one of the premier defensive back prospects in the state of Louisiana. The St. Augustine High School standout was a member of the Rivals 250 and rated as the 13th-best cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service also regarded him as the ninth-best overall prospect in the state.

 

Mathieu was named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune 2010 Blue-Chip List, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and the Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120 as a senior. He also received Super Prep All-American honors after he recorded 32 tackles, five interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery as a senior. He concluded his prep career participating in the inaugural Team USA vs. The World game.

 

As a true freshman at Louisiana State in 2010, Mathieu played in all thirteen games with one start. He finished the season with 57 tackles, three sacks and an interception. He was named the Cotton Bowl’s Outstanding Defensive Player of the Classic after he recorded seven tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one sack, an interception and a pass deflection.

 

As a sophomore, Mathieu started all thirteen games he played in, missing the Auburn contest following a violation of team and university rules. He finished second on the team with 76 tackles, adding 1.5 sacks and 7.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, along with three pressures. He picked off two passes, deflected nine others and scored twice advancing fumble recoveries, which he had five, the third-best total in the nation.

 

Mathieu also forced six fumbles from his right cornerback position, ranking sixth in the Football Bowl Subdivision ranks. Additionally, he was a standout on special teams, where his average of 15.59 yards on 27 runbacks, good for 421 yards and a pair of touchdowns, was the second-best average in the Southeastern Conference and placed fourth at the major college level.

 

On November 29th, 2012 it was announced that Mathieu would enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Mathieu participated at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in February, 2013, where he was timed at 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He produced a 34-inch vertical jump and a 9-9 broad jump. In other agility tests, he was timed at 4.14 in the 20-yard short shuttle and then ran 6.87 seconds in the three-cone drill.

 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT TYRANN MATHIEU

“The best player in college football in 2011. The most dynamic non-offensive player we’ve seen since Michigan’s Charles Woodson.” – Desmond Howard, ESPN analyst and 1991 Heisman Trophy winner

“Tyrann Mathieu, LSU. A spark, tiny with tremendous power to create sudden combustion. Energy transforming all around him. Tyrann Mathieu is instant impact. Possession-changing, game-breaking. Instinct so pure, it’s a marvel to teammates and a mystery of Mathieu himself, a born baller, demanding focus, diminutive and dominant. Just like the fearless, furious honey badger himself.” – Chris Fowler, ESPN at the 2011 Heisman Trophy presentation

“Tyrann Mathieu comes as close to anybody I have seen or played with – in college or professional ball — to being 100 percent prepared mentally and physically to deliver on any given play.” – Billy Cannon, LSU’s 1959 Heisman Trophy Winner

“Very few guys have a knack for making these kind of plays so often, and they don’t come around much. Charles Woodson has it. So does Ed Reed. Troy Polamalu too. Mathieu is like a combination of the three.” – Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

“Mathieu is a phenomenon – he makes more big plays per touch of the football than anyone I can remember … one of the most impactful defensive backs college football has ever seen.”  – Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports

 

CAREER NOTES

Matthieu appeared in 26 games for Louisiana State, earning fourteen starting assignments, as he delivered 133 tackles (93 solos) that included six sacks for minus 48 yards, sixteen stops for losses of 90 yards and four quarterback pressures…Deflected nine passes and intercepted four others for 16 yards in returns…Recovered eight fumbles, advancing six of them for a total of 52 yards and two touchdowns…Established a school career-record and tied the Southeastern Conference all-time mark with eleven forced fumbles.

 

2012 SEASON

A consensus All-American and unanimous All-Southeastern Conference first-team preseason selection, Mathieu was dismissed from the team on August 10th during fall camp…He originally planned to enroll at McNeese State, but returned to Louisiana State to attend classes in October, sitting out the entire football season.

 

2011 SEASON

Mathieu garnered numerous postseason honors after a sensational sophomore season, as he was a Heisman Memorial Trophy finalist, becoming the first LSU’s first Heisman Trophy finalist invited to New York since Charles Alexander in 1977…Recipient of the Bednarik Award Recipient as the nation’s top defensive player, representing the second straight year an LSU player has won the honor…The unanimous All-American first-team choice was a Walter Camp National Player of the Year finalist and chosen National Defensive Player of the Year by FoxSportsNext.com and Rivals.com…The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year as voted upon by the Associated Press, he was also named the SEC Championship Game Most Valuable Player…Named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week vs. both West Virginia and Arkansas, SEC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Oregon and Arkansas and Jim Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week vs. Oregon…Mathieu started all thirteen games he appeared in, but the right cornerback was suspended for the Auburn clash due to a violation of team and university policy…Had 59 solo tackles among his 76 total hits, as he posted 1.5 sacks for minus 10 yards, 7.5 stops for losses of 45 yards and three quarterback pressures…Ranked sixth in the nation with six forced fumbles and third with five fumble recoveries, advancing four for 39 yards and a pair of touchdowns…Gained 16 yards on two interceptions and deflected nine other throws…Ranked second in the conference and fourth in the nation as he returned 27 punts for 421 yards (15.59 avg) and two touchdowns…His 421 punt return yards finished as the sixth-highest total yardage in LSU single-season history…Was named the SEC Championship Game MVP vs. Georgia after he returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown, finished with 119 return yards, posted four solo tackles and recovered a fumble. He became just the second player to return a punt for a touchdown in the game’s history and the first defensive player to win the MVP award since 1994…Received the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after he posted eight solo tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery vs. Arkansas in his first career start at safety. He also returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown vs. the Razorbacks, which equaled the third-longest punt return in school history…Picked off his second pass of the season and added six tackles and one stop-for-loss vs. Florida…Also showed his game-changing abilities again vs. Kentucky as he forced two fumbles, recovered and returned one for a 23-yard touchdown and posted an eight-yard sack…Was selected the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after he came up big once again at West Virginia with a forced fumble that he recovered and an interception on a pass he tipped and returned to the WVU 1-yard line…Was the leading tackler for LSU at Mississippi State with a career-high tying 10 stops, nine of which were solo, and one tackle behind the line of scrimmage…Was all over the field vs. Northwestern State with four tackles, 1.5 for losses, one pass deflection, one QB hurry and he combined with Sam Montgomery to record LSU’s first sack of the season…Picked up where he left off in 2010 by recording a career-high and team-leading 10 tackles in the season-opener vs. Oregon and also forced a fumble on a punt that he returned for his first career touchdown, as he earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week, Rivals.com SEC Player of the Week and the Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week honors after his phenomenal performance vs. Oregon in which he also added a half tackle for a loss and two pass breakups.

 

2010 SEASON

Mathieu was named the 2011 Cotton Bowl Defensive Most Outstanding Player, adding first-team Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers Association and Rivals.com…Also selected Freshman All-Southeastern Conference by the league’s coaches…Made an immediate impact as a true freshman, serving as a reserve cornerback behind All-American Patrick Peterson on the right side and as the nickel back…Played in all thirteen games with one start at left cornerback vs. Louisiana-Monroe…Ranked first in the SEC and fifth nationally with five forced fumbles and tied for first in the conference in fumble recoveries with three…Led the team with seven pass deflections and was fourth on the Tigers squad with 57 (34 solos)…Was an absolute playmaker on the season with 8.5 stops for losses of 45 yards, 4.5 sacks for minus 38 yards and two interceptions…Earned Cotton Bowl Defensive Most Outstanding Player award after the best game of his young career in which he recorded seven tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, one sack and one pass breakup…Narrowly missed his then-career high in tackles with eight at Arkansas to go along with a sack and two tackles for loss…Credited with six tackles and one pass break-up that led to an interception and one QB hurry vs. Mississippi…Recorded four tackles and one pass deflection vs. Alabama, and his break-up led to Kelvin Sheppard’s interception…Had a tremendous effort at Florida where he recorded two solo stops, forced a fumble that he recovered and broke up a pass…Made his first career interception and his first career fumble recovery vs. West Virginia…Was great vs. Mississippi State as he tallied four tackles, one six-yard sack, a forced fumble and a pass deflection…Was outstanding in his first game as a Tiger, as he delivered nine tackles, 1.5 stops for loss, one sack and a forced fumble in the opener vs. North Carolina.

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.46 in the 40-yard dash…1.53 10-yard dash…2.56 20-yard dash…4.14 20-yard shuttle…

6.87 three-cone drill…34-inch vertical jump…9’9” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds four times…31 1/8-inch arm length…9 3/8-inch hands…75 3/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Mathieu attended St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) High School, playing football for head coach David Johnson…Regarded as one of the premier defensive back prospects in the state of Louisiana…Member of the Rivals 250 and rated as the 13th-best cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service also regarded him as the ninth-best overall prospect in the state…Named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune 2010 Blue-Chip List, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and the Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120 as a senior…Also received Super Prep All-American honors after he recorded 32 tackles, five interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery as a senior…Concluded his prep career participating in the inaugural Team USA vs. The World game.

 

PERSONAL

Sports Administration major…Son of Sheila and Tyrone Mathieu…Grew up living with his grandparents and then his aunt and uncle, who adopted him…Born Tyrann D. Mathieu (pronounced like “Matthew”) on 5/13/92 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2010 13 01 057 034 023  03  05  02  08.5-45   07  4.5-38    01
2011 13 13 076 059 017  05  06  02  07.5-45   09  1.5-10    03
TOTAL 26 14 133 093 040  08  11  04  16.0-90   16  6.0-48    04

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS ADVANCED FUMBLE RECOVERIES
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2010  02        00 00.00  00    00  02        13 06.50  00    10
2011  02        16 08.00  00    16  04        39 09.75  02    23
TOTAL  04        16 04.00  00    16  06        52 08.67  02    23

 

PUNT RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2011  27      421 15.59  02    92

 

MATHIEU GAME BY GAME LOG

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Punt Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Oregon 09/03/11 Oregon 40-27

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

1

3

26

0

5

5

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

Northwestern St 09/10/11 NWSU 49-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

2

2

1

1

12

1

0

2

1

0

1

Mississippi St. 09/15/11 at MSU 19-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

-8

0

1

9

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 09/24/11 at WVA 47-21

Yes

1

16

0

1

-6

0

3

34

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Kentucky 10/01/11 KY 35-7

Yes

0

0

0

1

23

1

2

30

0

1

4

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

2

0

Florida 10/08/11 UF 41-11

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

12

0

2

4

0

1

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/15/11 at UT 38-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

22

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Auburn 10/22/11 Auburn 45-10

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/05/11 at Ala. 9-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Western Ky. 11/12/11 WKU 42-9

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

39

0

3

4

1

0

9

0

0

0

1

0

1

Ole Miss 11/19/11 at UM 52-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

28

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Arkansas 11/25/11 Arkansas 41-17

Yes

0

0

0

1

19

0

3

115

1

0

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Georgia 12/03/11 Georgia 42-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

119

1

0

4

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

Alabama 01/09/12 Alabama 0-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

6

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

Season Totals

2

16

0

4

39

2

27

421

2

17

59

3

6

45

1

1

10

9

6

3

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

North Carolina 09/04/10 UNC 30-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

3

1

1

21

0

1

19

0

1

0

Vanderbilt 09/11/10 at VU 27-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/18/10 MSU 29-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

1

6

0

1

6

1

1

0

West Virginia 09/25/10 WVA 20-14

Yes

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/02/10 UT 16-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

1

0

3

1

0

3

1

0

0

Florida 10/09/10 at UF 33-29

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

McNeese St. 10/16/10 MSU 32-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/23/10 at AU 17-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/06/10 Alaba. 24-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

La.-Monroe 11/13/10 ULM 51-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi 11/20/10 UM 43-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

Arkansas 11/27/10 at Ark. 23-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

5

0

2

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

Texas A&M 01/07/11 TAMU 41-24

Yes

1

0

0

1

10

0

1

6

0

1

8

0

1

8

1

2

0

Season Totals

2

0

0

2

13

0

23

34

3

7

45

1

4

38

7

5

1

 

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