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  • Rambos
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    'Honey Badger' dismissed from LSU

    Not sure where to put this....

    Stunning news has come out of Baton Rouge today as defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, has been booted from the LSU football team.

    Tigers head coach Les Miles has just announced at a press conference that the "Honey Badger" has been dismissed for violations of team policy.

    Mathieu was suspended last year for one game for reportedly using synthetic marijuana. LSU never confirmed the specific reason of the suspension.

    With Mathieu gone, junior Tharold Simon is the only cornerback of significant experience on the roster. The team has three true freshmen and one redshirt freshman at the position on the depth chart.

  • Nick
    Re: 'Honey Badger' dismissed from LSU

    Ex-teammate at LSU reports Mathieu heading to McNeese
    By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
    August 10, 2012 7:39 pm ET

    Tyrann Mathieu woke up an LSU Tiger this morning. He may go to sleep tonight a McNeese Cowboy.

    Josh Jasper, a former teammate of Mathieu's at LSU, tweeted Friday that the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year will be transferring to McNeese, an FCS school located in Lake Charles, Louisiana -- just a couple hours drive west of LSU's campus in Baton Rouge and Mathieu's hometown of New Orleans.

    Attempts to confirm Mathieu's (TM7_Era) transfer to McNeese were not immediately returned by the university or sources close to Mathieu, himself. It remains to be seen how reliable Jasper, who graduated from LSU in 2011 and was unable to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster as as undrafted free agent kicker last year, will prove to be as a reporter.

    If his tweet is correct, the move would make sense for both McNeese and Mathieu, however.

    McNeese, coming off a 6-5 season, could see a huge leap in national interest with the addition of a player (and persona) like Mathieu. Also, this wouldn't be the first time McNeese has added a former disgraced LSU Tiger. The Cowboys signed Cecil Collins, a one-time standout running back at LSU and watched him help build buzz around their program as he was drafted with the first pick of the fifth round of the 1999 NFL draft by Jimmy Johnson and the Miami Dolphins.

    Of course, Mathieu would be the big winner if Jasper's report is true as the news would likely mean that the 2011 Bednarik Award winner would be able to play this season. That has very much been in question since LSU head coach Les Miles' press conference announcing that Mathieu was no longer a member of his team.

    Except under very rare circumstances, NCAA rules prevent FBS undergraduate players from transferring to other FBS schools and playing without sitting out a season. Players suspended from FBS programs, however, are often allowed to transfer and play immediately at lower-level schools, as was the case a year ago when former Florida Gators' star cornerback Janoris Jenkins transferred to North Alabama after being dismissed by new head coach Will Muschamp.

    Regardless of whether Mathieu plays for McNeese or any other college football team in 2012, he will technically be eligible for early entry into the 2013 NFL draft as he will be three years removed from his high school graduating class.

    The 2011 Heisman finalist is sure to be a hotly debated prospect for NFL teams. Not only are his recent character concerns an significant issue but there are plenty of scouts who question how well the 5-09, 176 pound defensive back would handle the jump to the NFL. Though he certainly proved himself to be a consistent playmaker for the Tigers over his short career in Baton Rouge, Mathieu's lack of size made him a target for opponents, on occasion. rated Mathieu as the No. 4 cornerback and No. 39 overall prospect in the 2013 draft prior to Friday's news. The lofty ranking is warranted based on the Honey Badger's terrific 2011 season. Should he prove unable to follow-up his Heisman-finalist campaign effectively, however, his stock could tumble.

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  • Flippin' Ram
    Re: 'Honey Badger' dismissed from LSU

    Wonder if University of Northern Alabama will take him, and if he'll fall to the 2nd round in this upcoming draft.

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  • Nick
    Report: Tyrann Mathieu admits to failing more than 10 drug tests
    by Nick
    Report: Tyrann Mathieu admits to failing more than 10 drug tests
    By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
    April 12, 2013 10:49 am ET

    Mathieu was dismissed from LSU in August 2012. (USATSI) Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from LSU in August 2012. (USATSI)

    As former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu continues to visit with teams in preparation for the NFL Draft, more details of his once-hazy college misdeeds continue to surface.

    An NFL assistant coach told USA Today about a conversation a team had with Mathieu during his pre-draft visit.

    “During one visit, Mathieu was asked how many drug tests he failed before he was suspended in college,” wrote USA Today. “According to an assistant coach for the team, Mathieu responded: ‘I quit counting at 10. I really don't know.'”

    Later in the day, Mathieu responded through LSU's sports information department.

    According to the release, "Mathieu said the story does not accurately reflect the discussions that he has had while on official visits to various NFL organizations."

    “It is irresponsible and shows a lack of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of how it was gathered,” Mathieu said. “I would expect that conversations regarding my drug testing history during the course of my medical treatment would be private. LSU has a strong drug testing program and LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment and recovery. I understand that many people enjoy reading about the negative side of sports, but to publish those second-hand comments without being given a chance to address that comment prior to the publication of the article is irresponsible.”

    It should be noted, though, that Mathieu necessarily doesn't dispute what has been reported, namely that he said he stopped counting after 10 failed drug tests.

    Mathieu said at the NFL Combine that he has been drug-free since October.

    “I've been to rehab. I have counseling. I have a sponsor," he said in February. "I know what it's like to be humiliated. To go back down that road? Not a chance in my lifetime."

    After having a good workout at the combine and then later at his pro day, he's most likely giving that same message to the 10 or so NFL teams that he has met with.

    As his agent says, Mathieu is treating these visits like job interviews and trying to present himself as a professional. And if that means being completely honest about his past transgressions, that's what needs to happen.

    But 10 failed drugs tests? Should we be looking at what the heck was going on at LSU?

    "If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help," the anonymous coach told USA Today.

    “LSU has a strong substance abuse program that tries to identify and assist in the treatment and long term recovery process of...
    -04-13-2013, 07:54 AM
  • Rambos
    Marcus Roberson
    by Rambos
    Marcus Roberson to enter NFL draft
    Updated: January 3, 2014, 6:29 PM ET news services

    Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson will pass up his final year with the Gators and enter the NFL draft, the school announced Friday.

    SportsFlorida cornerback Marcus Roberson will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

    After recovering from knee and ankle injuries, Roberson had 11 tackles and broke up three passes in seven games this season. He had 56 tackles, 17 pass breakups and three interceptions in his career.

    ESPN's Todd McShay and Scouts Inc. consider Roberson to be a likely late-first-round pick in the May draft.

    "I'm very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me to get to this point in my career, from Tony Meacham, my academic adviser, to Jeff Dillman to Coach Muschamp and the entire coaching staff," Roberson said in a statement released by the Gators. "It's been a great experience here, and now that it is over I can truly appreciate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level."

    Roberson was an All-SEC second-team selection in 2012.

    The move leaves Florida extremely thin at cornerback. Roberson is the second Florida corner to declare early for the draft this year after Loucheiz Purifoy said he will turn pro in November. Defensive tackle Dominique Easley has also said he is leaving Florida early to enter the draft.

    "Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "Marcus was part of our first recruiting class, and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays, and like all of our players, I encourage them to return to complete his degree."


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    Marcus Roberson (right) struggled with injuries at Florida, missing five games in 2013, and did not impress at the combine. (AP)


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  • sanches
    Top players who will miss the season
    by sanches

    With the start of the upcoming college football season right around the corner, we've decided to look at some of the top players that are expected to miss the upcoming football season.

    Antonio Cromartie -- Florida State junior cornerback had successful surgery to repair the ACL, LCL and hamstring tendon in his left knee following a July injury....Cromartie, a truely elite cornerback prospect due to his unique size, speed and talent, is expected to miss the upcoming season--a severe blow for FSU's football program.

    Joe Newton -- Had surgery to repair a torn muscle in the lower left leg, which is expected to sideline him for the season. Newton, who was red-shirted as a true freshman, turned into a truely elite tight end prospect in 2004 as a sophomore--56 receptions and 7 TD's.....Prior to the injury, some thought Newton rated as the best tight end in college football for the upcoming season. Crushing injury for Oregon State head coach Mike Riley, a truely classy person, and the Beavers football team.

    Loren Howard -- Former Northwestern star will enroll at Arizona State after season ending knee surgery. Super-sized senior defensive end, who some thought had first round potential due to his amazing size, strength and athletic ability for such a large person....Was fantastic as a freshman and sophomore, before he started getting slowed down by injuries in 2004 (ankle, knee). When he does return, he'll have to show he's durable enough to play in the NFL.

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  • MauiRam
    Rams hope to find gold in newest batch of undrafted rookies
    by MauiRam
    Nate Latsch

    After finding some contributors among their undrafted free-agent signees a year ago, the Rams are hoping to do the same this season.

    Running back Benny Cunningham finished the 2013 season as the team's second-leading rusher, and linebackers Ray Ray Armstrong and Daren Bates contributed on special teams. Rookie free agents all.

    Enter this year's class. The Rams signed 15 undrafted rookie free agents from schools as notable as the University of Florida to the generally anonymous in Bacone College, an NAIA school in Muskogee, Okla.

    The headliner of the group is Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson, who left the Gators with a year of eligibility remaining and looked like a possible mid-round draft pick.

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  • RamBill
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    Underclassmen are denoted with an asterisk (*).

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    2. *Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia: A first-team All-SEC pick in each of his two eligible seasons at Georgia, Jones has proven himself to be a playmaker against both the pass and run. The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Jones led the country in three critical statistics -- sacks (14½), tackles for loss (24½) and forced fumbles (seven) despite missing two games (Kentucky, Florida Atlantic) due to injury. As dynamic as he is, the redshirt junior's medical grade will ultimately determine his draft status. He was diagnosed with a mild case of spinal stenosis in 2009 and some NFL doctors may be unwilling to clear him.

    3. *Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State: Blessed with a quick first step, heavy hands and surprising instincts given the fact that the German-born Werner has played just five years of American football, the 6-4, 255-pounder has established himself as one of the country's elite prospects. An immediate standout in Tallahassee, Werner improved in each of his three seasons at Florida State, culminating with winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year this season with 18 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks.
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