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LSU Dismisses All-American and Heisman Contender Tyrann Mathieu from Team

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers reacts after breaking up a play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIIAugust 10, 2012

The Honey Badger might not care about team violations, but apparently Les Miles does.

Multiple reports including USA Today have stated that Tyrann Mathieu, LSU's exciting playmaker, has been kicked off the team for violating team rules.

Mathieu seemed to be the next "Devin Hester" type of player last season with his return skills on special teams. He also seemed to have a knack for creating turnovers that lead to scores and helped make LSU one of the best teams in the country.

"The Honey Badger," as he affectionately became known as, finished fifth in the Heisman voting, a rare feat for a defensive player in college football.

Mathieu was suspended for the Tiger's game against Auburn last year, also for a violation of team rules, but a clear reason was never released. The USA Today report indicates that a failed drug test may have been the culprit.

According to the report, Miles expects the junior to transfer to a lower-level school which would allow the Heisman standout to play immediately, versus transferring to a FBS school and having to sit out an entire year.

Mathieu had 76 tackles, two interceptions, four fumble recoveries and 1.5 sacks for the Tigers on defense. He also finished two touchdowns on fumble recoveries and two punts returned for touchdowns as well.

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