LSU Football: Tyrann Mathieu Is Heisman Worthy

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Kick returner Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the LSU Tigers returns a punt 92-yards for a second quarter touchdown against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Heisman Trophy presentation will certainly be something new for Tyrann Mathieu. New suit, new tie, new haircut, perhaps even new hair color. 

But Tyrann Mathieu himself would be a new kind of winner who college football has never seen before.

Outside of perhaps Charles Woodson, who won the prestigious award back in 1997, college football has never seen a defensive player with the ability to change a game in so many ways. He has electrified crowds with his dazzling punt returns and his unique ability to get to an opposing quarterback, hence his fitting nickname, "the honey badger."

Mathieu's game has a unique feel to it as he is always moving, always looking to make a play, always a step ahead of his competition.

He covers a football field as People Magazine covers Jennifer Aniston and Lindsay Lohan.

Non-stop. All over it. Never slowing down.

And because of his unique style of play and his ability to change a game at any given moment, Mathieu has made his own case as to why he should be accepting college football's award of a lifetime, earned in one year of that lifetime.

Naturally, not everyone will agree. People may not be in favor of giving the award to a sophomore defensive back. People may not be in favor of giving the award to a player who is going up against a once-in-a-decade quarterback in Andrew Luck.

But without several of Mathieu's game-changing plays this season, would LSU be undefeated and headed to the National Championship game?

Mathieu's fumble recovery he returned to the house changed the momentum in LSU's Week 1 win against Oregon. His dazzling punt returns against Arkansas and Georgia changed the momentum in those games, which led to LSU wins.

One thing we know is that this year's Heisman winner is certainly not a shoe-in. Luck, Montee Ball, Trent Richardson, Robert Griffin III and Mathieu all have a case for why they should be the one hositing that imfamous trophy Saturday night. This is not a race that has alerady been decided.

Perhaps it comes down to a photo finish, but either way, come Saturday Night in Manhattan, Tyrann Mathieu should emerge picture perfect.