Wednesday night, Florida State Seminoles wide receiver D.J. Matthews tweeted, then deleted, that he tested positive for COVID 19:
Though Florida State hasn’t shared any pictures of the receiver at practice as part of their releases to the media, it was indicated that Matthews was still getting reps as a returner on special teams.
From our wide receiver preview:
The senior is back for his final season in Tallahassee and hopes to put it all together. There are times where Matthews looks like the most exciting player on the field. Then he will subsequently disappear. Part of the inconsistency can be attributed to the wack-a-mole rotation at quarterback, but there is often a distinct lack of focus translating from the practice field to game days.
As a punt returner, DJ looked like one of the best returners in the country for two seasons before a dip in his production last year
The deleted tweet comes just a day after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis met with Florida State president John Thrasher, athletic director David Coburn, Florida State Seminoles football head coach Mike Norvell and players Joshua Kaindoh and Keysahwn Helton today as part of a roundtable on the viability of holding a 2020 college football season.
Coburn touched on the protocols that players are following:
“When they come in the morning, they’re temperature and symptom check, they have to answer a set of questions and then they’re banded. And they’re kept segregated from the rest of the athletic department staff. They’re socially distanced in their meetings. They’re required to wear masks throughout the building and on the way to and from practice. That we’re testing weekly now and we will probably go to biweekly testing during the season. Anyone who gets a positive test result, we do hard work on them. And we’ve been doing that. We’re going to continue to do that. So we’re very comfortable that we’ve done what the medical folks… actually, above and beyond what the medical folks have advised.”
Tomahawk Nation has reached out to the school for confirmation, and will update with a response.