Florida State wide receiver D.J. Matthews enters transfer portal

Florida State wide receiver D.J. Matthews has entered the transfer portal, Seminoles’ coach Mike Norvell confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. He has a year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately next season as a graduate transfer.

Matthews recorded 36 catches for 355 yards and three touchdowns last season. But he has not been participating in team activities this fall and did not play in FSU’s opening loss to Georgia Tech Saturday.

"At the end of the day, every time you go through transition, there's some things that fit better than others, and D.J.'s making a decision for his future," Norvell told ESPN Tuesday. "Fully support him in that decision."

There was apparent friction between Matthews and the new coaching staff early in camp. Matthews sent a tweet he later deleted saying he had tested positive for COVID-19, and he also retweeted a post from fellow receiver Warren Thompson that was critical of how the team was handling coronavirus protocols. Thompson later apologized and is still with the Seminoles, making a 24-yard reception in the opener.

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