Top corner-back for LSU and a preseason Heisman finalist, Tyrann Mathieu, has been dismissed by LSU for violating team rules. The school released a statement today by Les Miles:
“This is a very difficult day for our team. We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences. It’s hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him.”
There are rumors circulating the internet that he failed drug tests, multiple drug tests, but the school may not be able to release any information on the exact reason for the dismissal due to privacy issues.
— Josh Sanchez (@jnsanchez) August 10, 2012
Regardless, of why Mathieu was dismissed, his play on the field will be missed by a team that is aiming for the National Championship trophy. He leaves the corner-back core with only one other experienced player, Tharold Simon. They have three true-freshman, and one red-shirt freshman also listed on the depth chart.
The first test of their corner-backs will be against the Washington Huskies when another preseason Heisman listed player, Keith Price comes to town. However, LSU’s impressive defensive line will help their young defensive backs.