Has 2018 starting quarterback Deondre Francois played his last game at FSU? Well, that depends on what you want to believe. This after a Wednesday afternoon report that Francois was considering: either declaring for the NFL Draft or at worst, transferring out of the program to play one more season somewhere else.
However, on Wednesday evening the Orlando Sentinel refuted reports that Francois had decided to leave FSU, no matter what, when he phoned a reporter from the paper. And, he said that he had not made up his mind on what he was doing yet.
— Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel (@OS_ChrisHays) December 19, 2018
Nothing like getting it straight from the player.
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 missing 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.
Fisher went to true freshman James Blackman, who played well at times in Francois’ absence and the Seminoles ended up finishing 6-6 in the regular season. They eventually, won the Independence Bowl where Blackman played well throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TDS.
Fisher had left FSU by that time to take the Texas A&M job, and former Oregon and USF coach Willie Taggart took over installing a new offense. Francois was named the starter coming out of fall camp, but played erratically an inconsistently during lot of the early part of the season, as FSU struggled. It wasn’t entirely his fault, as the Seminoles offensive line was poor for most of the season in front of him, too.
As the losses were mounting up, we wrote at FSU should go back to Blackman, which they did, and even in defeat against NC State, he played well throwing for over 400 yards and four touchdowns.
Alas, FSU went back to Francois again, the following week, when he was healthier for the end of the season. Francois was poor in both losses to Notre Dame and Florida. He did throw for 300 yards and the game winning TD pass in the home win over Boston College.
Unlike the NBA and Major League Baseball drafts, if a player declares for the NFL past the deadline, he cannot return for college eligibility. Making his transfer possibility more interesting, Francois graduated this past weekend from Florida State. So, he would also have the opportunity to play immediately at another school as a graduate transfer.
“I know Deondre, he is just graduated, I applaud him for that, for accomplishing one of his dreams,” Taggart said. “And I know he’s weighing his options in regard to that. But we’re going to support Deondre whatever he decides to do. But that’s where we’re at with that.”
Now, we wait to see what he does.
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