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Sallee: Honey Badger For The Heisman

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Posted Dec 5, 2011


Sallee Week 14 Thought: Why Tyrann Mathieu deserves the big award.


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By: Barrett Sallee
Follow me on Twitter: @BarrettSallee


He’s baaaaaaack.

Remember a two months ago when Tyrann Mathieu was all the rage and the cornerback/punt returner was making a legitimate case for the Heisman Trophy? Mathieu finished off his campaign with a bang on Saturday night in the SEC Championship Game with a punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter, a 47-yard punt return in the third quarter that will make highlight reels for years to come, and a fumble recovery.

He took control of the SEC Championship Game when nobody else on the LSU roster seemed to want to, and has routinely took control of several games this season. Plural.

It’s hard enough from any player outside of a quarterback to do that, much less one that only plays defense and special teams. If we are awarding the Heisman Trophy to the “most outstanding player in college football,” which is part of the mission statement of the Heisman Trust, there’s no doubt that Mathieu deserves the honor. His four touchdowns have literally changed games. He doesn’t just make an impact on defense and special teams, he scores points That’s hard to find.

Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson and Andrew Luck are all fantastic football players, and can absolutely be considered game-changers for their respective teams; but the fact that Mathieu is the same, despite not playing on offense, is mind-blowing. There is a morality clause in the Heisman mission statement; but if there was no problem giving the award to Troy Smith and Mark Ingram after receiving illegal benefits, or Cam Newton after he was arrested for buying a stolen laptop, Mathieu’s suspension for synthetic marijuana shouldn’t eliminate him from contention.

Mathieu deserves the Heisman. If not this year, he at least deserves a trip to the ceremony in New York City 
 
- Cirminiello: TCU - Totally Consistent U.
- Harrison: The BCS changes that need to be made  
- Zemek: The BCS selection problems
- Sallee: Honey Badger for the Heisman