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D.J. MATTHEWS

#29

Player profile

position
Wide Receiver
height
5'10"
weight
156
year
Sophomore
hometown
Jacksonville, Fla.
high school
Trinity Christian

Career:

Ranks 13th in program history with 457 punt return yards…boasts two of top-four single-game punt return yardage totals in FSU history…enters 2019 season third on NCAA’s active career leaders list with 12.4 yards per punt return and sixth in total punt return yards.

2018:

Appeared in all 12 games with six starts…also served as FSU’s primary punt returner…caught 42 passes for 382 yards and one touchdown…returned 19 punts for 257 yards and one touchdown…ranked sixth nationally with average of 13.5 yards per punt return…returned five punts for career-high 145 yards and first collegiate punt return touchdown while adding 15 yards on five catches at No. 17 Miami…punt return yards total was third-highest in FSU history and most against FBS opponent in NCAA in 2018…74-yard punt return touchdown was longest return of his career and tied for second-longest punt return in ACC game and 21st-longest punt return in NCAA during 2018 season…earned ACC Specialist of the Week for his performance at Hurricanes…recorded first collegiate 100-yard receiving game with career-high 133 yards and one touchdown on career-best 10 catches at North Carolina State…made five catches for 32 yards and returned one punt for eight yards in 36-26 win vs. Samford…caught two passes for 30 yards at Syracuse…made three receptions for 23 yards and returned three punts for 26 yards in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…grabbed two catches for 33 yards and gained 32 yards on two punt returns in 28-24 victory at Louisville…totaled 82 all-purpose yards in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest with 40 yards on five receptions and 42 yards on four punt returns…caught four passes for 31 yards at No. 3 Notre Dame…made three grabs for 37 yards and had nine-yard punt return in 22-21 win vs. No. 22 Boston College…ended season with three catches and nine-yard rush vs. No. 13 Florida.

2017:

Flashed potential as a game-changing punt returner…returned 18 punts for 200 yards, including a long of 47…hauled in a career-high five punts for 138 yards on senior day against Delaware State…138 punt return yards were most in the country in 2017 and third-most in a game in FSU history…as a receiver, caught his first collegiate pass at Duke for 12 yards…notched his first career receiving touchdown on an acrobatic 14 yard strike from James Blackman in the regular season finale vs. ULM…posted career highs with three receptions for 37 yards against Southern Mississippi in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.

PERSONAL:

A consensus four-star wide receiver prospect from Jacksonville who is explosive with the ball in his hands…had arguably the most impressive play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a 76-yard touchdown reception in which he sprinted at least 50 yards after making the catch…led Trinity Christian to a fourth consecutive Class 3A state championship in 2016, starring at quarterback and wide receiver…ranked among the nation’s Top 10 wide receivers by Rivals (No. 5), 247Sports (No. 6), ESPN (No. 7) and in the 247Sports Composite (No. 8)…rated the No. 9 player in Florida and No. 36 overall player by Rivals…ranked the No. 12 player in the Sunshine State and the No. 53 overall recruit by ESPN…ranked the No. 7 Florida recruit and No. 42 player in the nation by 247Sports…participated in Nike’s ‘The Opening’…entered his senior year having already totaled 136 receptions for 2,253 yards and 26 TDs before seeing significant action at quarterback in 2016…finished his senior season by accounting for 1,487 yards rushing, receiving and passing to go along with 19 total touchdowns…led Trinity Christian to an 11-3 mark in 2016…named to the Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11…called “one of the premier guys in the class” by top recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of Prep Football Magazine…one of the original members of the 2017 class committed to the Seminoles back in July 2014…according to ESPN, Matthews “possesses excellent foot quickness and is a bit of a nightmare to handle in space”…chose Florida State over Alabama, Clemson, Florida and others.