Player in Focus: OL Josue Matias

Spring football is the one break in an otherwise very long offseason. Florida State will begin practices later this month. The 'Noles return double-digit starters, but one spot where there figures to be heavy competition is along the offensive line.

Josue Matias
6-5, 335
Sophomore
Offensive Tackle/Guard

2011 Review: Matias appeared in seven games: ULM, Charleston Southern, Duke, Maryland, NC State, Boston College and Notre Dame. He earned his first start at left guard in the bowl game against the Fighting Irish.

Projected to play offensive tackle coming out of high school and blessed with ideal size, he could easily end up at guard.

Florida State opens the Spring with a lot of question marks along the offensive line. In fact, we are not sure that any player can be written in pen to a given position.

Matias figures to be competing with Bobby Hart, Daniel Glauser, Cameron Erving, Garrett Faircloth and Daniel Foose at the offensive tackle positions. At guard, he could potentially be going against Glauser, Faircloth, Jacob Fahrenkrug, Tre' Jackson, Bryan Stork and Henry Orelus.

A move has to be made, as FSU is expected to get stronger when junior-college transfer Menelik Watson arrives for camp in August.

2012 Outlook: There is no love loss between Florida State and Notre Dame. It said something when coach Jimbo Fisher went with this true freshman -- four of them, as a matter of fact -- for that game. It looked like a mistake in the first half, but the youngsters really came on in the second half, Matias in particular.

For that reason, he is certainly in the thick of it for a starting job. The first question that has to be answered has nothing to do with Matias: How does Erving look after making the move from defensive tackle? If he grabs one of the tackle spots, that likely pushes Matias inside for playing time. We like that scenario and think Matias can win the job and be a three-year starter.

At worst, he looks like a top-eight lineman on a unit that has gotten much deeper.


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