Honey Badger Sees Own Shadow – LSU Expectations Shortened

Tyrann Mathieu – the bulwark of LSU’s secondary and possibly the best defensive player in the NCAA –  has been kicked off the team for unspecified violations.  He was fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting last year and widely perceived to be the best player on the best team in the toughest conference in college football.  His removal from the team sends many shock waves, not least of which to LSU opponents who can now consider opening up a downfield passing attack against LSU that had been considered too risky with Mathieu’s presence.  His ouster comes in the wake of his single-game suspension last year for failing a drug test, which surely would have led the Mad Hatter to take a tough stance in the current circumstance.

Mathieu was considered a top-5 pick in next year’s draft.  His absence from the field this year may knock him down a couple of pegs but hardly eliminate his remarkably marketable talents, abilities and promise.