Posted: Nov 14, 2011 4:59 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu says his recent one-game suspension for violating the team's drug policy has given him a new appreciation for the responsibility he has to his teammates.
Mathieu, who on Monday spoke for the first time since his suspension for No. 1 LSU's game against Auburn on Oct. 22, says he's realized that college football players have to grow up fast.
The 5-foot-9, play-making cornerback, nicknamed after the small but fearless honey badger featured in a popular YouTube clip, says the media attention he received early in the season probably caused him to lose proper perspective.
Mathieu says he doesn't mean to attract undue attention to himself and wants to focus on being the best teammate he can be for LSU, which plays at Mississippi on Saturday.