Tyrann Mathieu: Why the LSU CB Will Always Be Heisman Trophy Window Dressing
While finishing fourth in the Heisman is an accomplishment for any player, particularly one on the defensive side of the ball, it was clearly obvious that LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was nothing more than window dressing last night in New York.
It is clear that Mathieu is the most complete and best player in the country, but the chances of him winning a Heisman are virtually non-existent. After all, if he didn't win this season, there is no chance him or any other defensive player will be able to win it in the future.
Here are five reasons why Tyrann Mathieu is nothing more than window dressing when it comes to the Heisman Trophy.
He Plays Defense
There has only been one defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy since 1950, and that was Charles Woodson in 1997.
Simply put, voters do not consider defensive players legitimate Heisman candidates.
That was evident not only this year with Mathieu but also in 2009 with Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh not winning the award when he was also clearly the best player in the country.
As it looks right now, unless Mathieu takes some snaps on offense, the Heisman will be out of the question next year.
The self-proclaimed Honey Badger has perhaps the best nickname in all of sports, and he has clearly lived up to that.
ESPN wanted nothing more than to tell his story and show him off in front of a national television audience. How many times did the network use the name Honey Badger last night?
Probably enough to make it stick with Mathieu forever.
Trent Richardson and the SEC
With Alabama running back Trent Richardson also in the mix for the Heisman Trophy, there was virtually no shot for either Richardson or Mathieu, as Southern voters were guaranteed to be split between the two.
This would take votes away from each other, and it allowed Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III to separate from them this year.
With how much talent there is in the SEC, Mathieu will have trouble standing out enough to get all the Southern votes, this year or next.
What is more interesting to watch at the Heisman Trophy presentation than somebody with the entertainment value of Mathieu?
From the projects of New Orleans to the Heisman stage in New York, it has been quite a journey for this 19-year-old kid.
Mathieu is not afraid of the camera and looks so unassuming. At only 5'8" he is smaller in stature than just about anybody who has ever been on that stage.
As unbelievable as it is, Mathieu actually looks like a honey badger. His dyed hair makes him look like the animal he calls himself.
This is perfect for television ratings and very entertaining to watch at the same time.