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Former Booker T. star Matthew Thomas suspended by FSU Seminoles

Florida State announced Friday that redshirt freshman linebacker Matthew Thomas has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Thomas, a former standout at Booker T. Washington High, has missed the last month of practice. Coach Jimbo Fisher has said that Thomas’ absence was due to an ankle injury.

Fisher said Thursday he hoped for Thomas to resume practice sometime in the next week.

Thomas was the No. 1 recruit in Miami-Dade and the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker, according to Rivals.com, when he chose FSU on National Signing Day in February 2013. However, his brief career with the Seminoles has been plagued by injuries and controversy.

In May of 2013, he asked to be released from his FSU scholarship so he could transfer to Georgia or Southern Cal, saying he signed with the Noles under duress. The school denied his request and persuaded him to stay.

He played in four games last season, registering four tackles (two for loss) and a sack, but was redshirted after sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery.

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