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Former FSU QB Deondre Francois transfers to FAU

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Former Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois will have a new sideline and teammates this fall, and he doesn’t even have to leave the state. This with the news on Monday morning that Francois has transferred to Boca Raton and Lane Kiffin’s FAU program.

Noles 24/7 was the first to have the story on Monday about Francois’ transfer after he was kicked off the Noles for good in January:

We wrote about Francois being booted by coach Willie Taggart in February after yet another off field incident involving alleged domestic violence. This happened after his girlfriend, who had previously accused him of domestic violence without charges being filed, posted an Instagram video for a few hours of them arguing and Francois threatening her. Taggart was basically left with no choice due to the latest outcry about Francois’ behavior.

Francois quarterbacked the Noles for 11 games this past season, as Florida State had their worst season in over 40 years finishing 5-7 and missed a bowl game for the first time since 1981.

He had much more success as a redshirt freshman in 2016 for then Coach Jimbo Fisher, as Florida State won nine games, and was victorious in the Orange Bowl over Michigan. Francois was named the MVP of the game.

That led FSU to being ranked in the preseason top 10 for 2017. However, it was short lived for them and Francois, as he was injured in the 2017 opener against Alabama. Tearing his patellar tendon, Francois was lost for the season with knee surgery.

Francois had reportedly be considered transferring after he graduated from FSU in December and made him available to play immediately next fall somewhere else. Francois dispelled that and re-enrolled at FSU in January to remain their quarterback potentially for this fall. However, the latest off-field controversy / misstep cost him the final chance at that opportunity.

Meanwhile, FAU is looking to rebound from a 5-7 season in 2018 after having hosted and  won the C-USA Conference Championship game in 2017. Kiffin is regarded as an “offensive guru,” and Francois will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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