We’ve been saying it all year on SDS, Tyrann Mathieu, a.k.a. the Honey Badger, is the best defensive football player in the country.
This past Saturday against the Razorbacks, Mathieu showed once again why it’s hard to argue with that statement.
Starting safety Eric Reid was out with an injury, and Mathieu slid over from his corner position to Reid’s safety position. And he didn’t miss a beat. Sure, you might think this is no big deal, but to completely play another position in the middle of the year against the best offense in the SEC is a big deal. Tyrann Mathieu is a big deal.
Not only did he play a very good safety, he also took a 92-yard kick return for a touchdown to tie the football game in the early going.
So, it’s only natural why the Heisman hype for the Honey Badger has rejuvenated itself. It’s unlikely he’ll win because it’s more of an offensive award, but he certainly should be a finalist.
Mathieu has 66 tackles to lead LSU, two interceptions and forced six fumbles…just this year!
Les Miles finally gave the Honey Badger some Heisman love:
“I think that Tyrann is a very special player, and I think in the national award that might get viewed of him would have to understand how important he is to our team,” Miles said. “So, that being said, he plays special teams, he plays defense and he just seems to make plays. I would think he could be in consideration for any national award, including the Heisman.”
“Having been around some very, very fine players in my career … Tyrann Mathieu matches as well as any,” he said.
No doubt he’s the most freakish athlete for his size I’ve seen in a while. He and Morris Claiborne make missing Patrick Peterson a no-go and an afterthought…if you can believe that.
I’m all in on the Honey Badger. I was skeptical at first, but now I’m a believer.
So, if Mathieu is lucky enough to be a Heisman finalist, he will be likely going head-to-head with Trent Richardson of Alabama for the Heisman and the National Championship.
This conference is sick.