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D.J. Matthews has been housing punts since Pop Warner

“I’ve been doing it since I was a little boy.”

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Florida State wide receiver D.J. Matthews has been a dangerous returner for the Seminoles all year long. There have been multiple occasions where it appeared Matthews was on the verge of taking one in for a score when a shoe string tackle or a missed block has deterred him. There have also been multiple cases of penalties bringing back incredible returns by the sophomore.

Matthews’ patience finally paid off when he found the end zone against Miami two weeks ago and was rightfully named ACC specialist of the week for the performance that left us asking if he was the best return man in the country.

While the nation is just being introduced to his talent, Matthews says he’s been a special teams monster for as long as he can remember.

“Yeah, let me see, probably the 2012 Pop Warner Super Bowl was my first time doing it,” Matthews said. “I took one to the house then.”

Matthews continued, “I’ve been doing it since I was a little boy, making plays on special teams.”

Matthews says that his instincts in the return game just come naturally to him, but he does have a list of famous returners that he looks up to.

“Devin Hester, Peter Warrick, guys like that. Dante Hall,” Matthews said.

When asked what quality all three of those guys share, Matthews response was simple.