Tyrann Mathieu - LSU's Heisman Candidate

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.

Email Dave at: dschroeder@wlox.com