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D.J. Matthews

D.J. Matthews - Football - Florida State Seminoles

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Wide Receiver
Jacksonville, Fla.
high school
Trinity Christian


Ranks 10th in school history with 582 punt return yards and with 56 punt returns…boasts two of top-four single-game punt return yardage totals in FSU history…career average of 10.4 yards per punt return ranks eighth nationally among active players entering 2020 season.


Appeared in 12 games with nine starts and recorded 36 receptions for 355 yards and three touchdowns, 19 punt returns for 125 yards, four rushes for 18 yards and 25 yards on 1-for-1 passing…ACC Honor Roll…average of 6.6 yards per punt return ranked sixth in ACC…made season-high seven catches for 47 yards and one touchdown while adding two rushes for two yards and two punt returns for 32 yards in 45-44 win vs. ULM…opened season with four catches for 19 yards, 10-yard rush and 22-yard punt return vs. Boise State…caught three passes for season-high 80 yards and one touchdown in 38-31 victory at Boston College…60-yard touchdown catch was one of three 60-yard touchdowns vs. Eagles, marking only fourth time in program history the Seminoles registered three 60+-yard touchdowns in one game…made three receptions for 44 yards and totaled 14 yards on three punt returns in 35-24 victory vs. Louisville…returned four punts for 24 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards in 31-13 win vs. North Carolina State…had three catches for 26 yards and nine-yard punt return at No. 2 Clemson…made three receptions for 27 yards and eight-yard punt return at Wake Forest…had three catches for 39 yards in 35-17 victory vs. Syracuse…made four receptions for 24 yards and rushed once for six yards vs. Miami…caught 12-yard touchdown and returned three punts for eight yards in 49-12 win vs. Alabama State…made three receptions for 10 yards and was 1-for-1 passing at No. 8 Florida…first career completion was 25-yarder to Tamorrion Terry…totaled 18 yards on three punt returns in Sun Bowl vs. Arizona State.


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.


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.


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.