In the course of a single summer, LSU’s defensive phenomenon Tyrann Mathieu, nicknamed the Honey Badger for his tenacious ability to take on players twice his size and come out on top, has gone from Chuck Bednarik Award winner, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-SEC, and consensus All-American to D1 drop-out. Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed from the LSU Tigers for unspecified reasons. Mathieu, a 5’8, 180-pound defensive back who plays a hybrid of cornerback, safety, and linebacker, had 71 tackles, 5 forced fumbles (two returned for touchdown), 1.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions on defense; on special teams, the Honey Badger contributed 26 punt returns for 420 yards and 2 additional touchdowns.
That said, the Honey Badger has been as disruptive off the field as he was on the field. Last season, he was suspended for testing positive for synthetic marijuana; the rumor is he was kicked off the team this season as a direct result of multiple failed drug tests, though LSU coach Les Miles will not confirm or deny this. The dismissal will undoubtedly damage Honey Badger’s NFL draft stock, as well as LSU’s chances to return to the national championship game.
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