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Wide receiver DJ Matthews opts out, enters transfer portal

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FSU senior said he was forgoing the opportunity to play on Twitter. Reports indicate transfer.

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DJ Matthews has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports. About a month after tweeting, then deleting, that he had tested positive for coronavirus, Florida State Seminoles football wide receiver D.J. Matthews says he’s decided to opt out of playing for 2020. His entry in the transfer portal indicates Matthews is opting out of playing for FSU permanently.

In the early weeks of camp, it was confirmed that Matthews was still getting reps as punt returner on special teams, a position he held last year.

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

Matthews has been active on Twitter despite his absence from practice, implying on several occasions that he was at least contemplating opting out of the season out of concern for his daughter.

Matthews then tweeted that he had opted out “way back.”

Matthews was Florida State’s second leading receiver in 2019 — his production will now look to be filled by a deep wide receiving corps.