Oct 27, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) warms up prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Former LSU All-American Tyrann Mathieu Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

Former LSU All-American and Heisman finalist and current Arizona Cardinals defensive back, Tyrann Mathieu has been honored by the NFL as the Defensive Rookie of the Month for October.

Mathieu recorded his first career sack when he took down former Auburn Tiger and Heisman winner, Cam Newton in the Cardinals 22-6 win over the Panthers. Mathieu also added his second career interception when he picked off a Matt Ryan pass in the win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. He chipped in with 19 total tackles and three pass defenses according to NFL.com.

If Mathieu continues his stellar play in the second half of the season he will find himself in contention to win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and one player he may have to beat out for the award is former teammate Barkevious Mingo who is doing well with the Cleveland Browns.

Pretty great production for the former Tiger defensive back/return man extraordinaire who slipped to the third round and the No. 69 pick overall after being dismissed for his junior season at LSU.

The reunion with former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson has been great to say the least and halfway through Mathieu’s rookie season, there has to be 31 other NFL teams regretting passing on the ‘Honey Badger’.

For the season, Mathieu ranks second on the team with 47 tackles, five passes defenses, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble.

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