Appeared in 26 games with 14 starts at LSU, totaling 133 tackles, six sacks, 16 tackles for loss and four QB pressures … recorded nine passes defensed, four INTs, eight fumble recoveries and established a school career-record and tied the SEC all-time mark with 11 forced fumbles … served as the team’s punt returner in 2011, totaling 27 returns for 421 yards and two TDs.
2012: A consensus All-American and unanimous All-SEC first-team preseason selection, Mathieu was dismissed from the team on 8/10 during fall camp.
2011: Garnered numerous postseason honors following his sophomore season, including the Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player … a Heisman Trophy finalist, Mathieu was the first LSU Heisman finalist invited to New York since Charles Alexander in 1977; was also the first defensive back invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award in 1997 … started all 13 games he appeared in and was a unanimous All-America first-team choice after posting 76 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and three QB pressures … named a team captain … ranked sixth in the nation with six forced fumbles and third with five fumble recoveries, two of which he returned for TDs … gained 16 yards on two INTs and added nine passes defensed … ranked second in the SEC and fourth in the nation as he returned 27 punts for 421 yards (15.6 avg.) and two TDs … named the SEC Championship game MVP vs. Georgia after he returned a punt 62 yards for a TD; finished with 119 return yards, posted four solo tackles and a fumble recovery; became just the second player to return a punt for a TD in the game’s history and the first defensive player to win the MVP award since 1994 … received the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after he posted eight solo tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery vs. Arkansas in his first career start at safety; also returned a punt 92 yards for a TD vs. the Razorbacks, which equaled the third-longest punt return in school history ... picked up where he left off in 2010 by recording a career-high and team-leading 10 tackles in the season opener vs. Oregon and also forced a fumble on a punt that he returned for his first career TD; earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week honors after his performance, which also included two passes defensed.
2010: Named the 2011 Cotton Bowl Defensive Most Outstanding Player, Mathieu added first-team freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association and was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team by the league’s coaches … serving as a reserve CB behind All-American Patrick Peterson on the right side and as the nickel back, he played in all 13 games as a true freshman with one start at left CB vs. Louisiana-Monroe ... ranked first in the SEC and fifth nationally with five forced fumbles and tied for first in the conference with three fumble recoveries ... led the team with seven passes defensed and was fourth on the Tigers squad with 57 tackles, while adding 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two INTs … earned Cotton Bowl Defensive Most Outstanding Player award after recording seven tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, an INT, a sack and one pass defensed … had an outstanding effort in his first game as a Tiger as he delivered nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in the opener vs. North Carolina.
Name pronounced “TY-run” “Matthew” … attended St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.) High School, where he was regarded as one of the premier DB prospects in the state … rated as the 13th-best CB in the nation by Rivals.com, Mathieu was 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 as a senior ... also received Super Prep All-America honors after he recorded 32 tackles, five INTs, a sack and a fumble recovery as a senior … concluded his prep career participating in the inaugural Team USA vs. The World game … Sports Administration major.
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