BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has earned the nickname, "Honey Badger," and he's just fine with that.
"It's apparently this little, small, fearless animal," he said. "Just goes in fox caves, goes in bee hives and just takes what he wants."
You can't blame Mathieu for accepting the name, as it fits him so well. At only 5'9" and 175 lbs., he literally takes what he wants from any player.
He is already the all-time forced fumbles leader for the Tigers with nine. Four of those takeaways were this season.
On top of that, he's picked off a pass and leads the team with 35 tackles through five games.
With all of those accomplishments, he finds himself in a similar situation as the guy who wore No. 7 last year.
A lot of hype surrounded Patrick Peterson when it came to the Heisman Trophy.
"It's cool. It's always good to be mentioned amongst those guys, but like I said, I think times around here call for a national championship. So, I'm just really trying to help my team do that," Mathieu explained.
Head coach Les Miles said he believes his defensive leader deserves some type of recognition.
"I think that a defensive back that has the skills and abilities that Tyrann has should well be considered for a national award, if not the Heisman," Miles said. "But again, it's a long way away from now."
In the meantime, Miles hopes the ball-hawking Mathieu can help him get over the hump against Florida.
Miles is 3-3 against the Gators.