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TYRANN MATHIEU WINS BEDNARIK AWARD, MORRIS CLAIBORNE CAPTURES THORPE AWARD AT ESPN COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS
– For the second straight year, LSU is the proud home of college
football’s defensive player of the year and top defensive back as
Tyrann Mathieu won the Chuck Bednarik Award and Morris Claiborne
captured the Jim Thorpe Award on Thursday night at the ESPN College
Football Awards from the Atlantic Boardwalk at Walt Disney World.
addition, both players were named to the prestigious Walter Camp
All-America First Team. LSU head coach Les Miles formally received The
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award for leading the Tigers to a 13-0
record, a Southeastern Conference Championship and a BCS National
Championship Game appearance. Defensive coordinator John Chavis was on
hand as the recipient of the Broyles Award as the nation’s top
Mathieu, who is also a finalist for the
Heisman Trophy, won the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defender
over Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower and Penn State’s Devin Still. Former
No. 7 and teammate Patrick Peterson won the honor last year. LSU has
now claimed more Bednarik Award winners than any school in the SEC.
Georgia is the only other program to win one when David Pollack did so
“It’s an honor to be recognized with this award,
especially when you look at how good the other finalists are,” said
Mathieu. “I accept this on behalf of our entire team and coaches. We
take pride in our defense at LSU and that’s to be dominant every day.
To win the award that Pat (Peterson) won last year is just a great
Mathieu will now join the four other finalists for
the Heisman Trophy for a flight to New York on Friday morning. The
77th-annual Heisman Memorial Trophy will be presented live Saturday on
ESPN at 7 p.m. CT from the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square.
the SEC Coaches Defensive Player of the Year, finished second in the
SEC in interceptions with six this season and his 11 career
interceptions ranks sixth in LSU career annals. LSU joins Texas as the
only schools to produce back-to-back Thorpe Award winners since the
inception of the award in 1986.
“I am excited to be a part of
the Thorpe family of winners,” said Claiborne. “We have so many great
players at LSU and they push me everyday to get better. Winning this
award is not possible without my teammates, Coach (John) Chavis and
Coach (Ron) Cooper. We are proud to bring the Thorpe Award back home
again to LSU.
Claiborne will be formally presented with the
award at the 25th anniversary Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Tuesday,
February 7 in Oklahoma City. The award will be presented by Patrick
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