Pro Career: The Cardinals third-round selection (69th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Mathieu has played in 26 games (17 starts) in his first two seasons.
2014: Returned after season-ending knee injury in 2013 to play in 13 games (six starts) and collected 39 tackles, one INT, one fumble recovery and five passes defensed … also had two tackles for loss and two QB hits … inactive (knee) vs. SD (9/8) … made season debut @ NYG (9/14); played five snaps on defense and had one solo tackle … recorded six solo tackles in just 15 snaps on defense vs. SF (9/21) … made first start of the season and collected four tackles, one pass defensed, a fumble recovery and a QB hit vs. Was (10/12); recovered Andre Roberts fumble in the fourth quarter and his nine-yard return helped set up a FG that gave Cardinals a 23-13 lead; marked first career fumble recovery … recorded four unassisted tackles and two passes defensed vs. Phi (10/26); saw increased action at nickel CB spot after Patrick Peterson left the game injured in the second quarter … picked off a Brandon Weeden pass intended for Jason Witten in the third quarter with the Cowboys in the red zone and Cardinals holding a 14-10 lead @ Dal (11/2); marked his third career INT; also had five tackles and a pass defensed … recorded three unassisted tackles vs. StL (11/9) … had two tackles and one pass defensed vs. Det (11/16) … collected two solo tackles, including one for loss, and had a QB hit @ Sea (11/23) … had three tackles @ Atl (11/30); left in the first half with a thumb injury … inactive (thumb) vs. KC (12/7) and @ StL (12/11) … returned and notched five unassisted tackles vs. Sea (12/21) … had three solo tackles @ SF (12/28) … recorded one tackle in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).
2013: Played in 13 games with 11 starts before suffering a season-ending knee injury … finished fifth on the team with 63 tackles and 15 passes defensed … had two INTs, one sack and one forced fumble, making him one of three rookies in the NFL to have at least two INTs, a sack and a forced fumble … named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for October … also had four tackles for loss, three QB pressures, one QB hit and one special teams tackle … made his NFL debut and forced a Jared Cook fumble in the first quarter @ StL (9/8); chased Cook down inside the 10 as he was going in for a score and knocked the ball loose for Karlos Dansby to recover in the end zone for a touchback; led the DBs with five unassisted tackles and added one pass defensed … made first career start vs. Det (9/15) and sealed the victory for AZ when he tackled Nate Burleson one yard short of a first down on 4th-n-4 on the Lions final possession of the game; totaled six tackles, including one for loss, and had two passes defensed … in his return to his hometown, recorded his first career INT by picking off Drew Brees in the end zone during the third quarter @ NO (9/22); led the DBs with a season-high eight solo tackles and added one pass defensed … started in place of the injured Rashad Johnson and collected five unassisted tackles and two QB pressures @ TB (9/29) … started for the second straight game and notched his first career sack, taking down Cam Newton in the second quarter to force a punt vs. Car (10/6); helped Cardinals total seven sacks in the game, the most by the team since recording eight sacks on 9/13/87 vs. Dallas; added five tackles, one pass defensed and one QB hit … led the DBs with six solo tackles, including two for loss, and added one pass defensed @ SF (10/13) … collected one of the Cardinals four INTs of Matt Ryan vs. Atl (10/27); marked his second INT of the season; tied for the lead among the DBs with seven tackles and added two passes defensed … led the DBs with seven tackles and had one pass defensed vs. Hou (11/10) … led the DBs with four solo tackles and added two passes defensed vs. Ind (11/24) … had one unassisted tackle and one pass defensed vs. StL (12/8) before leaving the game in the third quarter with a knee injury suffered returning a free kick following a safety … placed on injured reserve (knee) on 12/10.
College: 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 … a consensus All-American and unanimous All-SEC first-team preseason selection as a junior in 2012, was dismissed from the team on 8/10 during fall camp … as a sophomore in 2011, was the recipient of the Bednarik Award as the nation’s top defensive player and was a Heisman Trophy finalist; was the first LSU Heisman finalist invited to New York since Charles Alexander in 1977; was also the first DB 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 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 … as a true freshman in 2010, was named the 2011 Cotton Bowl Defensive Most Outstanding Player, adding first-team freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association and was selected for 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 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.
Personal: 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.