Baton Rouge has Heisman fever and while Tyrann ‘Honey Badger’ Mathieu won’t win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, he can still make a little school history.
Mathieu is the first Tiger to go to The Big Apple as a Heisman finalist since running back Charles Alexander did so while finishing fifth in 1978. Interestingly, LSU’s only Heisman runner up, Jerry Stovall, also shined as a defensive back.
Here’s a breakdown of LSU players who have finished in the top 10 of the Heisman vote:
2007: Glenn Dorsey, 9th (30 points)
1978: Charles Alexander, 5th (282 points)
1977: Charles Alexander, 9th (54 points)
1972: Bert Jones, 4th (351 points)
1962: Jerry Stovall, 2nd (618 points)
1959: Billy Cannon, 1st (1,929 points)
1958: Billy Cannon, 3rd (975 points)
I think Mathieu will end up with the most points for an LSU player in the Heisman race since Bert Jones totaled 351 in 1972. If he can top Jones, that’d be quite an accomplishment and put him up pretty high in LSU lore.
Doing it as a defensive player makes it even more impressive.
And I’m sure that’s something the Honey Badger cares about…