While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish continue to lose players, the Florida State Seminoles will have linebacker Matthew Thomas back after a six-game suspension. The reinstatement was announced on head coach Jimbo Fisher’s weekly radio show, as well as the updated depth chart for this weekend’s game. Thomas was originally punished in early September due to an undisclosed violation of team rules, and no specific details regarding the incident have been confirmed.
The redshirt sophomore linebacker has already been on a roller coaster ride within the Florida State program, and just a little while ago requested to be released from his scholarship to pursue a transfer to Southern California. The Seminoles had no plans of allowing the former five-star recruit and No. 6 overall recruit according to the ESPN Top 300 to leave, and had him competing for a starting role during training camp.
Coach Fisher made his intentions for Thomas known during the show saying,
“He is a great athlete, but we have some other great players. It is not like he walks in and changes everything. He is a tremendous special teams guy because he has range and size, hard to block and can cover. He can rush off the edge and he can blitz the middle and he can play middle backer. He brings a lot. He has good ball skills.”
Thomas will more than likely be a contributor on special teams this week, but fans should not be surprised to see his undeniable talent on the field during key situations.
*Section Photo credit to Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel; Featured Photo (above) credit to Stacy Revere.