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Thursday, January 9, 2014
FSU returns key offensive regulars

By David M. Hale
ESPN.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Three more members of Florida State's offense have decided they'll be back for 2014, the team announced Thursday.

Guard Josue Matias, tight end Nick O'Leary and running back Karlos Williams are all returning next season, leaving tailback Devonta Freeman and receiver Kelvin Benjamin as the only remaining question marks for the Seminoles.

"I'm very excited that Karlos, Josue and Nick have decided to stay and continue their careers at Florida State," Jimbo Fisher said in a statement released by the school. "They're more pieces to the puzzle of our success. They've all contributed to helping the program get to where we are today. We believe another season will help them continue to develop and expand on their NFL potential."

Matias is a two-year starter at guard, and his announcement means four-fifths of Florida State's starting offensive line will be back for 2014. Senior center Bryan Stork likely will be replaced by Austin Barron, who has five career starts under his belt.

O'Leary had a breakthrough 2013 season, catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. He also holds Florida State's team record for career touchdown receptions by a tight end.

Williams, a former five-star recruit, moved from safety to tailback after Florida State's opener, and while he split carries with Freeman and James Wilder Jr., playing largely in the second half, he still racked up 730 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Wilder has already announced he's leaving early for the NFL draft, which should open up additional playing time for Williams.

A source close to Freeman said he's still weighing his options after becoming the first Florida State running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards since Warrick Dunn in 1996. He's expected to make his decision by Monday.