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LSU Football: Enrolling Back at LSU Would Be a Smart Move for Tyrann Mathieu

Former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu
Former LSU DB Tyrann MathieuChris Graythen/Getty Images
Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 24, 2012

Tyrann Mathieu may not be done with LSU just yet.

Mathieu, the former Heisman Trophy finalist from 2011 who was recently dismissed from the LSU football team, is eyeing a return to LSU, according to a report from Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The report cites two anonymous Tiger players who said that Mathieu is planning on enrolling at LSU for the fall semester once he completes his rehabilitation at the Right Step Recovery Center in Houston.

It would be a good move for the "Honey Badger."

Since being dismissed from the LSU football team for the 2012 season, Mathieu has made all the right moves. Entering rehab, whether it be for public relations purposes or not, is still the right move to get his life back on track. 

Returning to LSU as a student in 2012 would be as well.

Whether he's returning to get his life back on track, prepare for the NFL draft in 2013 or even to build good will towards the off-chance of a return, Mathieu would be showing that he's not afraid to take his problems head on.

That's appropriate, considering his nickname.

It's not likely that Mathieu is on a college playing field in 2013. I absolutely hate the cliche that big time players make big time plays in big games, but that's exactly what Mathieu did early and often in 2011. 

That's a quality that the NFL scouts can't ignore, even if he leaves something to be desired as a cover cornerback.

The character question will undoubtedly pop up at some point. But since being dismissed, Mathieu has at least made an effort to get things back on track, and re-enrolling at LSU as a student would show that his determination off the field rivals his determination on it.


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