FSU coach Jimbo Fisher announces that LB Matthew Thomas will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
Florida State freshman linebacker Matthew Thomas will have season-ending shoulder surgery according to coach Jimbo Fisher.
Thomas played in just four games, missing the past two contests, and should be eligible for a medical redshirt.
“He’s done, he’s going to have shoulder surgery,” Fisher said. “He’s fine, he understood it’s part of football. Disappointed, but not devastated or anything.”
Fisher said that he is not concerned with his team’s linebacker depth despite losing Thomas.
Thomas (6-3, 215) earned a reserve role in FSU’s rotation, serving primarily as a pass-rush specialist. He had four tackles on the year, including a sack and two tackles for loss.
A true freshman, Thomas came to FSU as one of the most highly-regarded linebacker recruits in the nation. After signing with FSU out of Miami Booker T. Washington, Thomas' father was quoted as saying he wanted his son to be released from his national letter of intent with FSU – hoping to switch to Southern Cal – but Thomas ultimately opted to honor his commitment.