Heisman Trophy: 5 Things Tyrann Mathieu Needs to Do to Win the Heisman in 2012

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Heisman Trophy: 5 Things Tyrann Mathieu Needs to Do to Win the Heisman in 2012
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Only one time since the Heisman Trophy was first awarded back in 1936 has a primary defensive player ever won the Heisman Trophy.

That man was Charles Woodson from Michigan in 1997. There, the Wolverines went undefeated and won a share for the national title while Woodson returned 33 punts for 283 yards and one TD, as well as picking off eight passes.

Thing is, Woodson also played a decent amount of WR, catching 11 passes for 231 yards and scoring two TDs.

For a defensive player to win the Heisman, they must do more than strictly contribute on the "dark-side."

To that end, LSU's Tyrann Mathieu appears to be the next man who could win the Heisman as a primary defensive player.

Here are five things he needs to do to bring the trophy to Baton Rouge, LA. in 2012.

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