Tyrann Mathieu to enter NFL draft
Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu announced Thursday he is entering the next NFL draft.
Scouts Inc. on Mathieu
Tyrann Mathieu has plenty of talent but his draft prospects will be hurt by size limitations and character flags, Steve Muench writes. Blog
In a statement announcing his decision, Mathieu said, "it is time for me to move forward."
Mathieu thanked his parents and coach Les Miles in his statement, as well as his former LSU teammates.
"I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me," he said.
Mathieu, known as the "Honey Badger," was a Heisman Trophy finalist known for his knack for making plays last year. But the 20-year-old Mathieu was suspended for this season due to a substance abuse issue he has continued to work on.
Mathieu Made Impact in 2011
Tyrann Mathieu finished fifth in the 2011 Heisman Trophy voting, the third-best finish by a defensive player in the last 20 years. Only Charles Woodson (1st, '97), Ndamukong Suh (4th, '09) and Marvin Jones (4th, '92) had better showings.
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|• 6 forced fumbles, most by DB in FBS|
|• 3rd in FBS in punt return yards, 2 TDs|
|• 3 of six TDs scored while LSU trailing|
|-- ESPN Stats & Information|
Mathieu was arrested last month on a possession of marijuana charge. He also was dismissed from the football team in August for failing a drug test and entered a treatment program run by former NBA player John Lucas.
Instead of transferring to another lower-division school to play this season, Mathieu re-enrolled at LSU but is not playing football.
Mathieu thanked LSU fans for their continued support and said he was working on his personal problems.
"I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player. I will always consider myself an LSU Tiger," he said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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