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LSU dismisses Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu’s play making ability at cornerback and as a return specialist was so remarkable that he was an All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore but he was dismissed from LSU for an undisclosed violation of team policy.

It is very rare that you see a Heisman Trophy candidate get kicked off his team before the next season but on Friday morning LSU Coach Les Miles announced that Tyrann Mathieu had been dismissed. Specific reasons for the dismissal were not stated, other than it was for a violation of team policy. In 2011 Mathieu had to miss a game against Auburn for an undisclosed violation of team rules, though media reports indicated he failed a drug test. ESPN’s Joe Schad reported that Mathieu had already been looking for a new place to play.

Last season as a sophomore Mathieu was an All-American selection and finished fifth in the Heisman voting. Known as the Honey Badger Mathieu was one of the team’s top playmakers last season, shining on both defense and in kick returns. He finished the 2011 season with 77 tackles and two interceptions with 429 punt return yards and two touchdowns. Defensive statistics in college are not considered official.

The Tigers are ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches’ Poll after appearing in the BCS Championship game last season. Their tremendous secondary was a major reason why they won the SEC and went to the national championship game but it took another big hit by losing their star corner, this after Mo Claiborne was a top NFL draft pick already this year. LSU still should be able to be very competitive, though.

Jalen Collins seems like the guy who will step up as the team’s top corner back even though he played only one game last season. Odell Beckham and Russell Sheppard will likely split return duties.

Miles has said that he expects Mathieu to transfer and can go to a non-FBS program and play immediately or he can transfer to an FCS program if he sits out a season. It is more likely that Mathieu transfers to a lower division and enters the NFL Draft when he becomes eligible next year.

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