BATON ROUGE - All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu took home the Charles McClendon Award as LSU's most valuable player for the 2011 season, head coach Les Miles announced at the team's annual award banquet.
Mathieu, a sophomore from New Orleans, leads the Tigers in tackles and helped lead the Tigers to the school's first 13-0 start and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game next month in his hometown. Mathieu was also named one of five permanent team captains as voted on by the team. Mathieu was joined on the list of captains by quarterback Jordan Jefferson, offensive guard Will Blackwell, cornerback Morris Claiborne, and safety Brandon Taylor.
Blackwell and wide receiver Rueben Randle were named the recipients of the Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Offensive Player Award, while Claiborne and Taylor were named the Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Defensive Players.
Taylor DeBusk earned the Charles Coates Academic Award, while the Jeff Boss Unsung Hero Award for contributions to the team with the least amount of recognition was given to quarterback Jarrett Lee, linebacker Ryan Baker, center/guard T-Bob Hebert and defensive tackle Bennie Logan.
The Special Team Coaches Award for outstanding play in the third facet of the game was given to punter Brad Wing, kickers Drew Alleman and James Hairston and snapper Joey Crappell, while Ron Brooks and Tahj Jones earned the Wild Tiger Championship Trophy for their play on LSU's coverage units.
2011 LSU Football - Awards
Dr. Charles E. Coates, Academic Award (student-athlete of the year):
Charles McClendon Most Valuable Player Award (as voted on by team):