by Dave Schroeder - www.twitter.com/GulfSportsDave
#1 LSU has received big play after big play from sophomore sensation Tyrann Mathieu.
The 5'-9", 175 lb New Orleans native has burst onto the national scene this year, with game changing plays on the big stage.
Mathieu is a legitimate Heisman candidate...you can start taking note of the campaign right now.
No defensive player has won the Heisman since Charles Woodson did so back in 1997, and only 3 sophomores have ever won the award. But Mathieu could easily make himself the next name of both lists.
In just his 18th career game, Mathieu set a school record with his 8th forced fumble, stripping Kentucky quarterback Max Smith in the 3rd quarter.
Mathieu then recovered the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.
Oh, by the way, Mathieu added to that record with a 2nd forced fumble later in the game.
Mathieu ranked 5th nationally last year with 5 forced fumbles.
So far this year, Mathieu already has 4!
Add to that 1.5 sacks, and an acrobatic interception against West Virginia, and you have all the makings of a Heisman frontrunner.
The last 2 Heisman Trophy winners have come out of the SEC, and have played for the eventual national champion.
With his Tigers ranked #1, and with contests against Florida and Alabama still looming large on the schedule, you can count on hearing Tyrann Mathieu's name a whole lot more.
He's a punt returning, fumble forcing, touchdown scoring, pass intercepting, super sophomore who just might become the first LSU Tiger to win the Heisman since Billy Cannon did so in 1959.