Sunday, 4 December 2011

NCAA Football - Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu Bio

Release: 07/13/2011

2011 Cotton Bowl Defensive Most Outstanding Player
2010 First Team Freshman All-America (Football Writers,
2010 Freshman All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches)

An outstanding player who plays well beyond his size ... A fan favorite with tremendous heart and talent ... Has a knack for finding the football and coming up with big plays ... Has some of the best pure football instincts of anyone on the team ... Created a total of 10 turnovers (5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions) during his freshman season with the Tigers in 2010 ... Great speed and quickness ... Will take over at one of the cornerback positions for the departed Patrick Peterson in 2011 ... Will shift to nickel back when the Tigers go to their other defensive packages ... Has the ability to create plays at a variety of spots on the field ... Received the Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award for Outstanding performance in LSU offseason program and the Toby Caston Performance Award for Outstanding Performance in Spring Drills ... One of two sophomores in the nation named to the 2011 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List.

Made an immediate impact as a true freshman, serving as a reserve cornerback and as the nickel back ... Played in all 13 games with one start at left cornerback against 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 breakups ... Fourth on the team in tackles with 57 ... Was an absolute playmaker on the season with 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries 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 career high in tackles with eight at Arkansas to go along with a sack and two tackles for loss ... Credited with six tackles, 0.5 TFL, one pass breakup that led to an interception and one QB hurry versus Ole Miss ... Recorded four tackles and one PBU versus Alabama, and his PBU led to Kelvin Sheppard's interception ... 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 against West Virginia ... Was great against Mississippi State as he tallied four tackles, one six-yard sack, a forced fumble and a PBU ... Outstanding in his first game as a Tiger, recording nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble in the opener against North Carolina ... Showed great instincts and knowledge of the game during the fall and earned the No. 2 spot at right cornerback behind Patrick Peterson.

One of the top defensive back prospects in the state ... A member of the Rivals 250 and rated as the 13th-best cornerback in the nation by ... Rated the No. 9 prospect in the state of Louisiana by ... 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 ... Also a SuperPrep All-American ... Participant in the inaugural Team USA vs. The World game ... Recorded 32 tackles, five interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery as a senior ... Coached by David Johnson.

Full name is Tyrann D. Mathieu ... Born May 13, 1992, in New Orleans, La. ... Parents are Tyrone and Sheila Mathieu ... Has four siblings - Tyrone, Devon, Corey and Kerry.

Total tackles: 9 vs. North Carolina, 2010
Tackles for loss: 2 at Arkansas, 2010
Sacks: 1, four times (Last: vs. Texas A&M, 2010)
Interceptions: 1, twice (Last: vs. Texas A&M, 2010)