The No. 1-ranked Seminoles had seven first team selections
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FSU returns four standouts on an ever-improving line that is now in need of a new starter at right tackle in the wake of Menelik Watson's early exit to the NFL Draft.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, get a glimpse of each member of FSU's 2013 signing class. Up next: offensive guard Ira Denson.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks back at what each returning football player did in 2012 and looks ahead at what to expect from them when spring practices get started.
Images from the Seminoles undefeated run to the BCS national championship
Football Miami at FSU 11-2-13 Photos by Ross Obley
#3 FSU vs #7 Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 7 Miami
Jameis Winston throws for 330 yards and four touchdowns in 48-34 victory.
2013: Junior left guard started all 14 games this season and 29 consecutive contests dating back to the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl...produced the top offensive line grade in three games, including against Wake Forest (88), Miami (86), and Nevada (89), when the Noles ran for a season-high 377 yards against the Wolf Pack...his average grade of 78.5 percent ranked third on the team... the Noles set FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (7,267 yards), points per game (51.6) and yards per play (7.67) and the national record for points (723)...the Noles led the country with 94 touchdowns...FSU set the ACC and school records for total touchdowns (94), passing touchdowns (42) and the school record for rushing touchdowns (42)...Florida State ranked first in the ACC and sixth in the nation in total offense (519.1)...with the nation's top offensive line providing protection and opening holes, Florida State rushed for 2,844 yards (5.6 ypc), while passing for 4,423 yards.
2012: True sophomore and first-year starter at left guard for all 14 games...an agile and relentless run-blocker as evidenced by his team-leading 31 knockdown blocks...had three or more knockdowns in seven games, including a season-high five against Murray State...posted a season-long grade of 79.1 percent, but was even more impressive down the stretch...graded out at 82 or better in each of the last six games, including a season-high 91 percent against Duke...will make his 15th consecutive start in Orange Bowl, which will be good for a share of the lead among offensive returnees in 2013.
2011: Fifth true freshman to see action on the offensive line making his first career start against Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl...began the year working at offensive tackle but also picked up repetitions at the guard position...ended his season on a high note grading out at 84 percent from his left guard position - 85 on running plays; 83 on pass plays in the Champs Sports Bowl win against Notre Dame...played in seven games overall...earned 10 snaps at tackle against Maryland...played 22 snaps against Charleston Southern.
PERSONAL: One of New Jersey's finest prospects as a lineman because of his size and agility...a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com who missed his entire senior season as he recuperated from a leg injury...ranked the No. 25 offensive tackle nationally and No. 9 best player in the state of New Jersey...rated the No. 13 offensive tackle by ESPN, No. 27 offensive tackle by Scout.com and No. 18 offensive tackle by 247Sports...named First Team All-Hudson Area by the Star-Ledger as a junior in 2009...No. 12 on the SuperPrep New Jersey 35...maxes out at 350 pounds in the bench press...became the second touted offensive lineman from New Jersey that FSU landed in two of the last three years joining Daniel Foose...Matias selected Florida State over Rutgers from a lengthy list of additional options...born January 6, 1993.