14. Tyrann Mathieu
On the surface, Mathieu’s numbers during his two years at LSU may not seem as impressive to you as they actually are. However, “The Honeybadger” was known to be tough to play against. In his 2010 campaign, Mathieu recorded 57 total tackles with 8.5 going for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two INTs, five fumbles forced, and three fumbles recovered.
In his 2011 run, Mathieu recorded 76 total tackles with 7.5 going for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and two INTs. He also had six forced fumbles and had five fumble recoveries, two of which he took back for touchdowns. He also took two punt returns back for touchdowns. In this same year, he became the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He’d finish First-Team All-SEC, an All-American, and win the Chuck Bednarik Award. Mathieu even won the SEC Championship. Sadly, he’d land fifth in the Heisman race.