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Matthew Thomas
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Matthew Thomas 1877333
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 227
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: Booker T. Washington

2016: Florida State’s leader in tackles (77) in his first full year as a starter…started 12 games and appeared in all 13…added 11.0 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a sack in addition to his 77 stops – 50 of which were unassisted…led the Seminoles in tackles four times, including his career-best performance against No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl…playing in his hometown of Miami, tallied career highs in tackles (15) and TFLs (3.5) in the Orange Bowl win over Michigan and was named to ESPN’s All-Bowl Team…had seven tackles, including a TFL, in the season-opener against No. 11 Ole Miss…made three stops and 1.0 TFL versus Charleston Southern…had a team-leading 10 tackles at No. 10 Louisville…made two stops at USF…tallied an FSU-high eight tackles, 1.0 TFLs and a forced fumble versus No. 23 North Carolina…made three solo stops at No. 10 Miami…had one tackle against both Wake Forest and No. 3 Clemson…finished with nine tackles and a half-tackle-for-loss at NC State…had 2.0 TFLs and six total tackles against Boston College…made five solo tackles, including his first sack since 2013, at Syracuse…led the Noles with seven tackles against No. 13 Florida…former five-start recruit who improved each week in his first year in expanded role. 

2015: Did not participate during the 2015 season following a shoulder injury.

2014: Versatile, big-bodied linebacker who played in eight games and made starts against Louisville, Georgia Tech and Oregon...tallied 26 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss on the season…made his season debut against Notre Dame with a career-high six stops...made four tackles, including a TFL, at Louisville in his first career start…of his four stops against Boston College, 1.5 were for a loss…credited with five tackles in the ACC Championship Game against the Yellow Jackets...totaled four tackles versus the Ducks in the Rose Bowl.

2013: Highly-touted freshman linebacker appeared in four games as a reserve before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery...received a medical redshirt...totaled four tackles, including 2.0 TFLs and one sack in 2013...had three tackles, 2.0 TFLs and sack versus Bethune-Cookman.

PERSONAL: Was one of the most sought-after prospects in the entire nation in 2013...a consensus five-star recruit who was also a consensus top 15 national prospect...ESPN had Thomas No. 6 in the ESPN150, he was 14th in the Top247 and 15th in the Rivals 100...US Army All-American...invited to “The Opening” on the Nike campus and Gridiron Kings...rated the fourth-best player in Florida by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals...ESPN had Thomas listed as the No. 1 OLB prospect in the nation that year, Scout and Rivals listed him at No. 2 and 247Sports had him at No. 3...registered 102 tackles and 13 sacks in 2011...numbers dropped to 53 tackles and seven sacks during the regular season as a senior as his Booker T. Washington beat opponents by an average of nearly 42 points and starters played less throughout the regular season...won a state championship playing both LB and DE as Booker T. Washington defeated Bolles and Thomas registered nine solo tackles...named first team All-Dade...ESPN clocked him at 4.59 in the 40 with a 35.6-inch vertical and a SPARQ rating of 114.36...chose FSU over Miami, Alabama, USC, Georgia, Florida and more than 20 other offers...born July 21, 1995...majoring in social science.

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