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With Deondre Francois dismissed, what does FSU do now at quarterback?

Jamil King



Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Things just got messy, again, as the Florida State Seminoles had to do some cleaning up over the weekend. Star QB Deondre Francois was removed from the program right before his senior season after a video surfaced Saturday night of him apparently threatening to beat up his girlfriend, again.

With Francois now out of the picture, the Noles are going to have questions at the most important position in a very important season for FSU football and coach Willie Taggart.

The Noles have already missed out on some of the top transfer targets during the offseason. After Francois decided he was going to stick in Tallahassee and come back for his last season, the Noles didn’t need to look elsewhere. Letting players like Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) and Tate Martell (Miami) go without putting up much of a threat.

Now, FSU is left with one realistic option on the current depth chart to run the offense. Red-shirt sophomore James Blackman is the obvious answer to who takes over the starting role.

Blackman was going to leave the program himself, reportedly putting his name in the transfer portal after Francois announced he intended to return. Well, now Blackman will most likely regain the starting role he held in 2017.

He had good numbers in limited action last season posting 510 yards on 51 attempts. He also had five touchdowns to just one interception. This included a 400 yard passing performance late in the year at N.C. State. Blackman barely qualified for a redshirt on snaps/games played ratio. So, he has three years of eligibility left.

Behind him though, are question marks.

After North Carolina swooped in on FSU commit Sam Howell, the Noles are trying to fill his spot now with signing day coming Wednesday. They are pushing hard for Georgia high school commit in 4 star John Rhys-Plumlee.

Plumlee is both a baseball and football standout and the Seminoles baseball program may have a huge impact.

FSU could really use the commitment of Plumlee to have a stable back up and potential QB of the future. Will they also try to suddenly find a Juco QB, who can compete immediately, too?

Lots of questions right now, in the panhandle.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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