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Former FSU receiver suffers end-of-season injury


Several former Seminoles, including James Blackman, Tre’Shaun Harrison, Cory Durden and Jaiden Woodbey, are successfully starting the 2021 season in their new homes. Former Florida State wide receiver DJ Matthews chose to spend his final year with the Indiana Hoosiers after being transferred to Bloomington on December 16.

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In his first four games, the move seemed to pay off as Matthews recorded 13 catches for 165 yards, 2 carries for 28 yards and one score, and an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Florida native, he was injured in Saturday’s 33-31 game against Western Kentucky.

Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen spoke to media on Monday and announced the transfer graduates suffered an ACL tear. Matthews will be missed the rest of the season.

The single top 100 hopeful is expected to receive a medical red shirt for this year and return to Indiana in 2022. Matthews was just starting to establish chemistry with starting quarterback Michael Penix after being named starting receiver for the Hoosiers and punt returner to open the season.

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A week ago, in a loss to No.8 Cincinnatti, he caught five passes for 120 yards. The performance marked the second best of his career and the most yards he had accumulated in a game in nearly three years. Matthews had 133 yards and one in ten touchdowns in a loss to North Carolina State in 2018.

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