The saga of trouble Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas took another bad turn today, as the former five-star recruit was ruled ineligible for the 2015 season. Gene Williams of Warchant.com reported the unfortunate news.
Granted, Thomas was not expected to contribute much this year after undergoing major shoulder surgery, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that his time at Florida State has been anything short of disastrous.
A former star at Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School, he was suspended for the first half of last season after failing a drug test at the BCS National Championship Game the season before.
In 13 games across two years with the Seminoles, Thomas has 30 tackles and a sack.
Just what caused him to be declared ineligible has not been made public, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s time for Thomas to put up or shut up. He clearly has talent, but a combination of health and off-field issues have prevented him from reaching his full potential.
Since he is now officially out for the season, it’s likely that his spot will be taken over by one of a motley crew of FSU linebackers behind oft-injured staples Reggie Northrup and Terrance Smith.
Of course, Campus Sports will update Thomas’ story as any new information becomes public.
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